California Senator Dianne Feinstein defended herself against her Democratic peers and said she has no plans to step down after a report that claimed the 88-year-old’s memory had been rapidly deteriorating and that she was mentally unfit to continue her state continue to represent.
“I meet with executives regularly,” a shocked Feinstein (D-Calif.) told editors of the San Francisco Chronicle Thursday, hours after the newspaper first ran the bombshell account of her current mental state.
“I’m not isolated. i see people My presence is good. I entered the hours. We represent a huge state. And so I’m pretty confused by all of this.”
According to the Chronicle report, a Democratic state senator said her mental health was “bad and getting worse.” The report also claimed that a member of the California congressional delegation who had known Feinstein for 15 years had to keep reintroducing himself during a recent hour-long discussion.
Overall, the report cited four of Feinstein’s Senate peers, three former staffers and one House member who expressed concern that the elderly senator’s memory had significantly diminished and she was being forced to leave much of her work to her staffers.
According to The Chronicle, Feinstein had declined to be interviewed for the story, but later told the editor that no one had directly expressed concerns to her about her mental prowess.
“No, that conversation didn’t happen,” Feinstein said. “The real conversation is whether I’m an effective representative for 40 million people.”
Feinstein, who was first elected to her Senate seat 30 years ago in 1992, was a prominent force in Washington. She served as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee for six years and was a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee during the Trump administration.
Two senators told The Chronicle they think Feinstein recognizes her, but she can’t remember their names or home states. Sources said she has both good and bad days and occasionally appears like her old self.
The senator defended her achievement in a statement shared with both The Chronicle and The Post, saying it’s been a rough few weeks since her husband Richard Blum passed away on February 27 at the age of 86 after a battle with cancer may be.
“The last year has been extremely painful and distracting for me, flying back and forth to visit my dying husband who passed away just a few weeks ago. But there is no question that I still serve and deliver for the people of California and I will compare my record to anyone.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 82, was one of several members of Congress who defended Feinstein after the report, claiming she had not noticed any cognitive decline in her California compatriot.
Feinstein’s Senate colleague Alex Padilla told the paper he was familiar with concerns about her health, but said, “As someone who sees her several times a week, including on the Senate Judiciary Committee, I can tell you she’s still doing her job and does it well.”
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