As California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s health reportedly declines, expectation is growing that Gov. Gavin Newsom will keep his promise to appoint a Black woman to replace the longtime senator.
It appears that his best political move is to fill the vacancy with a caretaker selection, meaning someone who would hold the seat but is not a Senate candidate.
If that scenario plays out, the Associated Press reports that Oprah Winfrey’s name is among the range of possibilities that are bubbling to the top. There was once speculation that the entertainment mogul would run for U.S. president in 2020.
Feinstein, an 89-year-old Democrat, was elected to the Senate in 1992 and is currently the longest-serving woman senator ever. In February, Feinstein announced that she would not seek reelection in 2024.
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