Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Visalia, is not running for the Senate seat now held by Democrat Dianne Feinstein, Nunes’s chief of staff said Monday.
While falling somewhat short of a flat-out political declaration of permanent disinterest, the statement Monday seemed to step back from the congressman’s earlier suggestions that he might be enticed into the Senate race.
“Devin is running for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives, period,” said the congressman’s chief of staff, Johnny Amaral. “He’s not running for the Senate.”
Pressed as to whether this means Nunes is definitively ruling out a future challenge to Feinstein, Amaral repeated that “the reality is, he’s not running” for the Senate.
The faux run against Senator Dianne Feinstein may be wishful thinking, may help with Rep. Nunes fundraising, but is really a delusion of grandeur. Di Fi will be easily re-elected next year.
Hypocrisy: Help Me Hold Senator Dianne Feinstein Accountable
Running ads against long-time incumbent Democrat U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein is one thing.
Rep. Devin Nunes has never been known for diplomacy when it comes to Democrats in the California congressional delegation, especially Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
It’s time for Sen. Feinstein to get off her butt and do something, the Tulare Republican said regarding the economic problems besetting his San Joaquin Valley.
I have tried to be nice, and I have tried to work with her. She is all talk, and no action.
Nunes has started running television spots in his 21st Congressional District against her, paid for out of his own $1.4 million political war chest. It features her likeness and blames federal policies she either supports – or fails to fight – for making things worse for the valley on a wide range of issues, including air pollution
It’s the kind of behavior you would expect of someone preparing to challenge the veteran senator in 2012. And Nunes, after being coy about the question for weeks, says he is now giving it serious thought.
Could it be me? Sure, he says. There would have to be a lot of things to fall in place.
Another thing is raising over $10 million to try to beat Di Fi.
It is unlikely that Rep. Nunes, who would have to give up a California Congressional seat, would run in a very blue state, when President Obama is running for re-election.
But, Nunes is young and if Senator Feinstein who is old has a health problem, Nunes would be ready to run. But, it would still be an uphill battle in Democrat dominated California.