Feinstein endorses Christy Smith for Katie Hill's former House seat

Feinstein endorses Christy Smith for Katie Hill's former House seat
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFrustration builds in key committee ahead of Graham subpoena vote  The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Major space launch today; Trump feuds with Twitter Justice Department closing stock investigations into Loeffler, Inhofe, Feinstein MORE on Tuesday joined other top California Democrats in backing state Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D) in an election to fill former Rep. Katie HillKatherine (Katie) Lauren HillThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The American Investment Council - Trump takes his 'ready to reopen' mantra on the road The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrat concedes in California House race Republican flips House seat in California special election MORE’s (D-Calif.) House seat. 

“I am proud to endorse Christy Smith for Congress,” Feinstein said in a statement exclusively shared with The Hill. 

“As someone who has lived in this district for 39 years, raised a family, served on the local PTA, as president of the Newhall School Board and who is currently representing the people of this region in the California State Assembly, Christy Smith has the background, experience and leadership skills that the people of the 25th Congressional District need working on their behalf in Washington. We need her effectiveness and proven problem-solving skills in Congress,” she added. 

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Feinstein’s support comes on the heels of California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomTwitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why White House says Trump's intent is never to lie FEC commissioner: 'No basis' for Trump claims voting by mail leads to fraud MORE’s (D) Monday endorsement of Smith. 

They join Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - George Floyd's death sparks protests, National Guard activation Police killing in Minneapolis puts new scrutiny on Biden pick MORE (D-Calif.), who endorsed Smith last month, as well as 12 House Democrats representing California districts. She was also endorsed by the International Association of Fire Fighters last month, with the group pitching Smith as an effective leader that has aided the group in combating wildfires that have plagued the region. 

Smith launched her campaign in late October, following Hill’s resignation after conservative outlets published naked photos of the congresswoman along with allegations that she had an improper relationship with members of her staff. 

Hill admitted to a relationship with a member of her campaign staff but denied allegations that she had a relationship with a member of her legislative staff, which would have been in violation of House rules.

Smith faces several challengers, including progressive founder of The Young Turks Cenk Uygur as a Democrat, as well as a couple of Republicans including former Rep. Steve KnightStephen (Steve) Thomas KnightThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The American Investment Council - Pelosi touts T bill as Fauci stresses go-slow openings The Hill's Campaign Report: A Los Angeles House seat is in play for Republicans Democrats on edge over California special election nail-biter MORE (Calif.), whom Hill unseated in 2018, and former Trump campaign aide George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosNew FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification Republicans plow ahead with Russia origins probe AG Barr just signaled that things are about to get ugly for the Russia collusion team MORE, who served 12 days in prison after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

Candidates from both parties will be on the same ballot on March 3, the day of the California congressional and presidential primaries. If no candidate secures a simple majority, the two top candidates will advance to a May 12 election.