Sen. Dianna Feinstein, D-Calif., will serve out the remainder of her term despite troubling reports about her mental health, she told reporters this week.
Feinstein, 89, has served in the Senate for nearly 30 years, and critics have recently raised questions about her mental health, reporting among other things memory loss. Still, both he and his office have said they intend to serve out the remainder of his term, which expires in 2024.
“Yes. Absolutely,” he told the Los Angeles Times when asked if he planned to stay. – There are still two years, you know, a lot can happen in two years.
Feinstein said she will make a decision “probably in the spring” about whether to run for re-election in 2024, the Times reported.
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Feinstein’s office confirmed her plans to stay on for the remainder of her term.
“The senator has no plans to resign and will announce his plans for 2024 in due course,” the spokesman said.
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Fox reached out for answers to questions about Feinstein’s mental health.
Concerns about Feinstein’s fitness for office have grown in recent years, but the issue became mainstream earlier this year with a report by the San Francisco Chronicle. The report detailed concerns among Feinstein’s fellow Democrats that her memory and ability to speak coherently were fading.
“I’ve worked with him for a long time, and I’ve worked with him long enough to know what he was like a few years ago: always in command, always in charge, apart from the details, he couldn’t resist a conversation where he was driving. All this gone,” an anonymous lawmaker told the Chronicle.
“He was an intellectual and political power not long ago, so it was terrible to meet him. Because there was no sign of it,” the lawmaker continued.
“It’s bad and it’s getting worse,” another lawmaker, a Democratic senator, reportedly told the Chronicle.