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Several high-profile California Democrats have entered the race to succeed the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and it’s a race that could see Rep. Adam Schiff’s political career come to a grinding halt.
After Feinstein’s passing, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that EMILY’s List president Laphonza Butler would take over for her, but she has since said she isn’t interested in running for the seat next year. But California leftists are more interested in ‘diversity’ than in qualifications, so they are pressing for white Democrats to drop out of California’s Senate race, or they aren’t committed to diversity, the Washington Examiner reported.
Democratic Representatives Katie Porter and Schiff have already announced their candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Dianne Feinstein. Author and podcast host Steve Phillips, however, argued that they should let U.S. Rep. Barbara Lee, a Black woman, take the lead to show they “care about diversity.”
“Time and again it has been shown that Black women are the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. Democrats across the country agree that Black women are badly underrepresented in our nation’s leadership. Schiff and Porter are White; Lee is a Black woman. The right course is clear, isn’t it?” he wrote in his opinion column.
According to a Berkley IGS poll released on September 7, Schiff has 20% of the vote, making him the clear favorite in the crowded primary field. Porter comes in second with 17%, and Lee comes in third with 7 percent.
Steve Garvey and James Bradley, both Republicans, got 7% of the vote. Eric Early, also a Republican, got 5%, and Lexie Reese, a Democrat, got 1 percent.
Real Clear Politics data found that other polls show Schiff ahead of Porter by anywhere from 1 to 5 points. Lee comes in third, with a lead that is mostly in the single digits.
But Schiff has some skeletons in his closet, including a residency issue.
CNN reported earlier this month that the California Democrat has claimed his primary residence is a 3,420-square-foot home he owns in Maryland, according to a review of mortgage records by the network.
“At the same time, Schiff has for years taken a homeowner’s tax exemption on a much smaller 650-square-foot condo he owns in Burbank, California, also claiming that home as his primary residence for a reduction in his tax bill of $7,000. He did not take an exemption from his home in Maryland,” the outlet continued.
The network noted further: “While Schiff has signed documents asserting both the Maryland property and the significantly smaller Burbank condo as his primary residences, tax records indicate that he paid his California property taxes in 2017 with a check featuring his Maryland address – the only year he paid with a personal check. And a review of past comments, pictures shared on his public social media, and records indicate Schiff makes his full-time home in Maryland.”
This may not sit well with Californians, the outlet noted.
CNN noted that deed records show that Schiff, who was first elected to the House in 2000 and who was a regular feature on CNN making false claims about possessing evidence that Donald Trump “colluded” with Russia to “steal” the 2016 election, began listing the Maryland residence as his primary home in 2003. Also, Schiff refinanced the mortgage on his Maryland home in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, once again indicating that it was his primary residence, CNN added.
“Los Angeles County deed records for Schiff’s Burbank condo, purchased in 2009, were notarized in Maryland. On one page of the deed, the state: California and the county: Los Angeles are crossed out and Maryland and Montgomery County are written in. The records also list Schiff’s Maryland home as an address the records are being returned to,” the report said.
According to Marisol Samayoa, a spokeswoman for Schiff’s campaign, the California Democrat claims his primary residence is in the Golden State, adding he has been open about that while citing a number of news articles as well as a mention in a book he wrote.
“Adam’s primary residence is Burbank, California, and will remain so when he wins the Senate seat,” she told CNN in an email. “As Adam has discussed openly many times over the years, including in his recent New York Times best-selling book, he and Eve made the difficult decision to move their family to the D.C. area to spend more time with his children while doing his job.”