SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY, original copy) - Congresswoman Katie Porter announced her candidacy for US Senate in California, most likely muscling incumbent Dianne Feinstein out of the race.
Porter is a unique figure. Possessing an unusually strong sense of humor for a politician, the congresswoman has cut an impressive national profile for herself making frequent appearances on late-night talk shows.
She certainly tacks more to the left than others, making challenging big banks a centerpiece of her work.
She's one of the populists in congress, and populism is something that can be found on both the hard right and hard left.
Senator Feinstein, who will be 91 next term, hasn't said if she'll run for a 6th term. But expect her not to. Staffers, without being named, have told the press that she can't remember who she's even speaking to in the middle of a conversation, showing serious signs of decline.
Porter, even while she won three times in a swing district, has refused corporate PAC money. Her serious other two potential opponents, congressman Adam Schiff and congresswoman Barbara Lee, have accepted it. Expect Schiff and Lee to carry the mainstream banner, while Porter, and Bernie Sanders supporting congressman Ro Khanna, will be the anti-establishment figures in the race.