Adam Schiff Learns His Fate

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In the California U.S. Senate campaign, Democratic candidate Rep. Adam Schiff and Republican contender Steve Garvey prevailed, establishing a general election for November.

Because of Garvey’s second-place performance, firmly Democratic California will probably send Schiff to the U.S. Senate the following year.

Rep. Barbara Lee’s (D-Calif.) progressive message and Schiff’s appeal to the general public was too much for Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.), who was defeated by Garvey’s outsider candidacy.

Schiff was the overwhelming favorite coming into Tuesday’s primaries after winning the polls ahead of time.
The big picture: For the first time in many years, Californians will not have a female senatorial representative.

The winner of the election in November will assume the position formerly held by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). At the age of 90, Feinstein passed away in September of last year.

Appointed to the position, Sen. Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.) chose not to run for a full term.

Garvey, who was a part of the 1981 World Series victory team for the Los Angeles Dodgers, says he wants to bring back the “heartbeat” of that historic state.

Defending his entry into the contest as a Republican, Garvey dismissed opponents in a December interview with Fox News, claiming they only wanted to serve half the state.

“Earlier this year, I wondered, ‘Let’s see who I can get behind in California that I can support, that had my values and my commitment to this country,’ and I couldn’t find anybody. You know how strongly liberal [California has become] over the years and generations,” the former first baseman said.

“I woke up one morning and decided to see if there’s a pathway to run for the U.S. Senate,” he added.

In an effort to engage voters throughout the state, he told Fox that his campaign has been busy.

“We’ve been actively, over the first probably four months after making that decision, talking to significant people that I trust in the world of politics and then going around California, talking to the people in the north, coastal and central California, and also down south where we are,” the one-time National League MVP said.

Between 1969 and 1987, Garvey played for the Dodgers for 14 years and the San Diego Padres for 5 more.

“My whole life has been based on, you know, team building and putting teams together with comparable skills, leadership, dedication, passion,” he said. “It doesn’t stop just with sports teams. It goes all the way into business and politics, in religion and all those things.”

On his first day in office, Garvey declared he would make an effort to visit with each senator in order to establish a connection with them should he be elected.

He added that he was in California when it was the “heartbeat of America,” but that due to the difficulties locals are facing with money and safety, it has now turned into a “murmur.”

“The challenges of hardworking Californians getting up every day and knowing that, under our economy now and inflation, that by the time the month’s over, they could be losing seven, eight, $900. And that’s when they’re even managing their daily lives well,” Garvey said. “The food and the gas and education for their children, clothing … all of these things are due to rising inflation so much that it’s tough to stay above water.

“What I’ll focus on is getting back to a free market, capitalism, that will target small businesses,” he added. “You know, there’s so many people that want to start businesses and small businesses. Small businesses are the foundation of the business world, especially here in California. So many of those people who wanted to start small businesses have left California.”

Meanwhile, Schiff is facing criticism over allegations that he has been using homeowner tax benefits to claim two primary residences in Maryland and California for more than 10 years while pushing a “Trump-Russia collusion” fiction for years during and after the former president’s term.

Further escalating the dispute, tax records show that 2017 was the only year Schiff paid property taxes in California with a personal check bearing his Maryland address.

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