They said it: Newsom’s temporary replacement for Feinstein’s senate seat is really temporary

“I know this will come as a surprise to many because traditionally, those in positions of power do not relinquish it.” It may not be the decision that everyone expected, but it is the best one for me.”

— U.S. Sen. Laphonza Butler on her decision not to run for re-election next year. Gov. Gavin Newsom appointed her to fill the final 15 months of the late Dianne Feinstein’s term, fulfilling a campaign pledge to appoint a Black woman. He chose an outsider to avoid interfering with the Senate race, but he did not inform Butler that she could not run.

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