Politics can be incredibly unpredictable. But no one expected this to happen.
And a top Democrat is stepping down in a shocking turn of events.
The late Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) had already announced before her death that she was not going to run for re-election.
So when California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) selected Laphonza Butler to take Feinstein’s place, he expected her to also run for a full term in 2024.
However, Sen. Butler has decided not to seek a full term in the United States Senate.
“I’ve always believed elected leaders should have real clarity about why they’re in office and what they want to do with the responsibility and power they have,” Butler said in an X post.
“I’ve spent the past 16 days pursuing my own clarity – what kind of life I want to have, what kind of service I want to offer and what kind of voice I want to bring forward.”
“After considering those questions I’ve decided not to run for a full term in the US Senate,” Butler added.
After considering those questions I’ve decided not to run for a full term in the US Senate. Knowing you can win a campaign doesn’t always mean you should run a campaign. I know this will be a surprise to many because traditionally we don’t see those who have power let it go.
— Laphonza Butler (@LaphonzaB) October 19, 2023
This is a shock to Democrats because of Butler’s radical views and agenda.
Laphonza Butler is the first black lesbian to serve in Congress, and in the name of identity politics, Governor Newsom picked her because of her race. Being a lesbian is only the cherry on top for woke Democrats like Newsom.
Butler has also worked with the notorious political action committee, Emily’s List, which helps Leftist female candidates who support abortion, become elected.
In fact, Sen. Butler moved to the Washington, D.C. area to become the organization’s president.
And according to FEC records, she’s been a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland since 2021.
So how come she’s serving as a U.S. Senator from California?
That questioned has been asked many times and could secretly be a reason why Butler is not moving forward with running for a full term.
But records show that Laphonza Butler had a residence in the Golden State from 2009-2021 and also recently re-registered to vote in the state, according to a Newsom spokesperson’s comments to The Post.
No matter the real reason for Butler’s departure from the senate seat, Democrats will have to scramble and find a suitable candidate to run in her place.
U.S. Reps. Katie Porter (D-CA) Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Barbara Lee (D-CA) have all thrown their hat in the ring. Former MLB first baseman for the LA Dodgers and San Diego Padres, Steve Garvey has also announced his campaign for the senate seat and will be running as a Republican.
It’s now up to the people of California to see who they believe is the best candidate for the job.
Stay tuned to The Federalist Wire.