Valley Dems upset over cold shoulder from Katie Porter amid Senate bid

Local support from the region’s Democrats looks to be moving to Adam Schiff’s direction as the Senate race for Dianne Feinstein’s seat heats up.

Central Valley Democrats are taking issue with Senate candidate Katie Porter, saying she has snubbed the region while the other candidates have made time to visit. 

Porter, a Democratic Congresswoman from Irvine, is one of four candidates vying to replace longtime Sen. Diane Feinstein when she retires at the end of her term next year. 


Driving the news: Porter was recently scheduled for a meet and greet with the Fresno County Young Democrats. Yet earlier this week the organization announced that the event was canceled. 

  • This is not the first time that Porter has pulled out of an event in the Central Valley. 
  • A source told The Sun that Porter was scheduled to visit Kern County for an event earlier in the year and backed out of that one as well. 
  • While Fresno County has missed out so far, Porter did do an event in Modesto in August and toured Kern County farms at the end of July. 

State of play: Support from local Democrats in the Senate race looks to be focused on Rep. Adam Schiff (D–Burbank). 

  • Schiff first made a visit to the Fresno area in February and has made multiple repeat visits, including at Fresno City College in June for a Pride event. 
  • Schiff has also swung through Visalia and Bakersfield as part of his campaign. 
  • Rep. Jim Costa (D – Fresno) has endorsed Schiff, along with Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez and Fresno City Councilmembers Miguel Arias, Nelson Esparza and Tyler Maxwell. 
  • Rep. Barbara Lee (D–Oakland), the other Democrat running for Feinstein’s seat, also made a stop in Fresno County for an event in July. 

What they’re saying: “You don’t need a whiteboard to understand why turning your back on the Central Valley is a bad political move,” said a local Democratic operative. “Fool me once, fool me twice, but Katie thinks she can fool us three times and get away with it.”

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