DiFi Pondering

Per the San Jose Mercury News:

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she will base a decision on whether to run for California governor next year largely on the solutions the announced candidates put forward to deal with the state's fiscal problems.

Polls indicate she would be a heavy favorite if she chooses to run. Feinstein told The Associated Press in a brief interview that she is grateful for that support, but it will not be a significant factor in her decision.

"What does affect it is watching to see what precise programs are put forward by various candidates to handle what is a very serious structural budget deficit in this state," Feinstein said. "It's of major consequence and California is in considerable distress, and there have to be reforms."

Feinstein said she would take a close look at candidates' dedication to enacting their proposals as well as their ability to develop enough support to enact the changes.
The state's Department of Finance is anticipating a $7.4-billion deficit in 2010-11, even after lawmakers enacted deep budget cuts this past summer. Those cuts were so hard to come by that the state had to issue IOUs to continue operating.

Republicans have three candidates running for governor: Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman and former congressman Tom Campbell.

Democrats have no announced candidate so far, though Attorney General Jerry Brown has formed an exploratory committee.

Two thoughts cross my mind. One, she and Jerry Brown are close friends. I suspect that if he runs, she won't. Two, she is at the pinnacle of her Senate career and the chair of the Intelligence Committee. If that's not her dream job, I don't know what is.

Tags: California Governor 2010, Senator Dianne Feinstein (all tags)



Re: DiFi Pondering

Maybe being Governor is her dream job, given it was the first statewide office she ran for after being mayor.

A few other thoughts --

She's an executive type - they're better suited as governor as opposed to one of 100.

She won't be running for President, so she can govern without everyone speculating about her national ambitions.

She can appoint her own successor, who might do better against Arnold with a couple of years under her belt than in an open seat, assuming she would have retired.

She might be the only California politician with enough respect from all corners and ideologies to solve the structural problems our state faces.  She would also command (I feel) more respect from the assembly than Jerry Brown or one of the "outsider" Republicans who really know nothing about the workings of government (or voting in elections, for that matter) - Arnold can't hide his disdain for the legislative process, and it hurts his ability to get things done (that, and his tack to the right early on in his first term).

She could make concrete proposals to fix our problems, and let the voters decide if they're willing to accept them - if they don't, she still has a job.  If they do, she has a mandate to fix the problems.

Maybe I'm just California dreaming....

by alamedadem 2009-11-06 05:41PM | 0 recs
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   I think DiFi is just pretending to be pondering. She likes the attention she is getting being asked about it, but that is all. At one time she wanted to be Governor, but that was twenty years ago. She is entrenched and powerful in the Senate. Why give that up to deal with the mess that is state government? The only advantage would be the shorter commute from S.F. to Sacto.

  Ahhnold isn't even pretending to ponder running for Senate, is he? Why would he want to run for Senate with the likelihood of either getting Scozzafavaed in the primary or embarrassed in the general election in this Democratic leaning state? Besides, his wife probably wouldn't allow him to run...

by Zack from the SFV 2009-11-06 09:38PM | 0 recs
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A new word - I think it's already in urban dictionary.

I hope Arnold goes back into movies and has the political bug out of his system, but I can see him running for an open Senate seat, pushing to change the Constitution, and running for President - his ego is so big.  I hope not.

by alamedadem 2009-11-07 02:10PM | 0 recs
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I think it once was her dream job but I'm not sure anymore.

Though I do think you're right that she is an executive type. Your points too are good ones.

by Charles Lemos 2009-11-06 06:14PM | 0 recs


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