BREAKING: Nancy Pelosi to Face Senate Challenger from the Left

Bad news for Nancy Pelosi.
A challenger from her own party wants to remove her from her leadership position.
State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León announced Sunday that he would run against U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year, in the first major Democratic challenge for the 25-year incumbent.
De León’s run sets up what could be a bruising intra-party battle between one of California’s most well-known political leaders and an ambitious rising star.
“The state has changed significantly over the past 25 years, and we’re long overdue for a real debate on the issues, priorities and leadership the voters want from their senator,” De León said in an interview Sunday morning. “California deserves to have a choice.”
Feinstein, who said last week she will run for re-election, has racked up declarations of support from a host of top California Democrats.
But liberal activists who accuse Feinstein of not being tough enough on President Donald Trump have been waiting for a progressive like De León, who is known for his advocacy for single-payer health care and California’s recently passed “sanctuary state” bill.
“You’ll see a clash which is in part generational, in part ideological, in part style,” said Bill Whalen, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. “She’s not one for theatrics or angry denunciations.”
De León, 50, has represented Los Angeles in the State Legislature since 2006, and served as president of the State Senate for three years. He is termed out of office, and wouldn’t be able to run for re-election in 2018.
Bill Carrick, a Feinstein campaign strategist, downplayed De León’s challenge. “He’s a term-limited politician looking for a gig,” Carrick said. “He’s going to find out that Dianne Feinstein is a pretty big hill for him to climb.”
In his first campaign video, released Sunday, he focused on his upbringing as the son of a single immigrant mother, without mentioning Feinstein.
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