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Adam Schiff’s Luggage, Clothes Stolen in San Francisco

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California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff had his luggage stolen in San Francisco, California, on Thursday, leaving him without a suit to wear as he addressed an audience that evening for his U.S. Senate campaign.

“Hello to the city, goodbye to your luggage. That was Senatorial candidate Adam Schiff’s rude introduction to San Francisco’s vexing reputation for car burglaries Thursday when thieves swiped the bags from his car while it sat in a downtown parking garage,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

“The heist meant the Democratic congressman got stuck at a fancy dinner party in his shirt sleeves and a hiking vest while everyone else sat in suits. Not quite the look the man from Burbank was aiming for as he rose to thank powerhouse attorney Joe Cotchett for his support in his bid to replace the late Dianne Feinstein in the U.S. Senate,” the outlet added.

“I guess it’s ‘Welcome to San Francisco,’ ” Cotchett’s press agent Lee Houskeeper, who was at the dinner, remarked dryly.

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Schiff and Republican candidate Steve Garvey emerged victorious in California’s U.S. Senate race, setting up a general election for November.

Firmly Democratic California will likely send Schiff to the U.S. Senate the following year due to Garvey’s second-place finish.

Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), who found it difficult to balance Schiff’s mainstream appeal and Rep. Barbara Lee’s (D-Calif.) progressive message, lost to Garvey’s outsider campaign.

After leading the polls going into the primary on Tuesday, Schiff emerged as the clear winner.
The big picture: Californians will not have a female senatorial representative for the first time in many years.

The victor of the November election will take over Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) former post. Feinstein passed away in September of last year at the age of 90.

Appointed to the post but opting not to run for a full term was Sen. Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.).

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Garvey, who helped the Los Angeles Dodgers win the World Series in 1981, says he wants to revive the “heartbeat” of that once-great state.

In a December interview with Fox News, Garvey explained why he entered the race as a Republican while dismissing opponents who he said only want to represent half of the state.

“Earlier this year, I wondered, ‘Let’s see who I can get behind in California that I can support, that had my values and my commitment to this country,’ and I couldn’t find anybody. You know how strongly liberal [California has become] over the years and generations,” the former first baseman said.

“I woke up one morning and decided to see if there’s a pathway to run for the U.S. Senate,” he added.

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He told Fox that his campaign has been active as he attempts to connect with voters all across the state.

“We’ve been actively, over the first probably four months after making that decision, talking to significant people that I trust in the world of politics and then going around California, talking to the people in the north, coastal and central California, and also down south where we are,” the one-time National League MVP said.

Garvey played 14 years for the Dodgers and another five for the San Diego Padres between 1969 and 1987.

“My whole life has been based on, you know, team building and putting teams together with comparable skills, leadership, dedication, passion,” he said. “It doesn’t stop just with sports teams. It goes all the way into business and politics, in religion and all those things.”

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