Bonta issues dual endorsement in 2024 Senate battle

The California Attorney General apparently could not just pick one candidate to replace Diane Feinstein.

California Democrats are so split on who they will select to replace longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein when she retires at the end of her term that they can’t even endorse a single wannabe successor.

Case-in-point: Attorney General Rob Bonta, who endorsed on Thursday both Rep. Katie Porter (D–Irvine) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D–Oakland) for Feinstein’s Senate seat.


Driving the news: Porter put out a statement early Thursday morning touting Bonta’s support. 

  • But just a few hours later, Lee posted a Tweet of her own thanking Bonta for his support of her Senate bid. 
  • Lee also boasted the support of State Controller Malie Cohen, State Treasurer Fiona Ma and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond. 
  • All of this is happening while Feinstein finally returned to the Senate this week after months away due to medical issues. 

The odd man out: While Porter and Lee celebrated the split endorsement from Bonta, the other high profile Democrat in the race appears to have been left out of the picture. 

  • Rep. Adam Schiff (D–Burbank) did not make an announcement of his own, meaning Bonta has only endorsed two-thirds of the candidates in the race so far. 

What they’re saying: “Katie Porter is smart, tough, and unafraid to take on special interests in order to deliver for Californians,” Bonta said in a statement. 

  • Lee’s announcement did not include a statement from Bonta. 
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