Home
AllPolitics
 

 Home
 News
 Analysis
 Community
 CNN.com

Search


  Help
 

Calif. Dems Frustrated With Feinstein

By John King/CNN

WASHINGTON (Jan. 16) -- Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein's indecision about whether to run for California governor is frustrating party officials, and many of her own political operatives.

Party sources tell CNN that Feinstein had promised to make a decision by New Year's Day, but has not made up her mind, primarily because she fears Democratic candidate Al Checchi would spend millions of his personal fortune on attack ads.

Advisors say Feinstein is scarred by her narrow 1994 re-election victory, when Republican millionaire Michael Huffington subjected her to months of attack ads financed with his own money.

One advisor told CNN, "She can see it happening again and wants no part of it. She says she wants to run but won't go through that again."

These sources say top Feinstein operatives have appealed to White House aides for help, including a request that President Bill Clinton speak to the senator and urge her to make the race, or at least make up her mind.

Most Democrats view Feinstein as the party's best hope against GOP Attorney General Dan Lungren.

Former Clinton White House chief of staff and California congressman Leon Panetta tells friends he will not run if Feinstein does. But sources tell CNN that Panetta is "waiting in the wings," as one put it, and most of Feinstein's political team is prepared to help Panetta if the senator decides against a run for governor.

One of her advisors said, "The longer she waits the harder it gets to prepare for this race, especially if she doesn't run. We need a decision."

In Other News

Friday Jan. 16, 1998

Independent Counsel Likely In Babbitt Case
Calif. Dems Frustrated With Feinstein
April 7 Election Set For Bono's Seat
Republicans Move to Block Surgeon General Nominee
GOP To Vote On Abortion Litmus Test
Clinton, Lawyers To Meet Today On Jones Suit

Poll
Ebbing Support For Abortion On Demand

Pundits & Prose
Charles Bierbauer: A Descent Into Cell Hell





Barnes & Noble book search

Archives   |   CQ News   |   TIME On Politics   |   Feedback   |   Help

Copyright © 1998 AllPolitics All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this information is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.
Who we are.