California Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Feinstein

California Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Feinstein
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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Tuesday officially endorsed Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBiden says he will run for president in 2020: 'We have to remember who we are' Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary Dems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions MORE (D-Calif.) in her reelection bid as she faces a primary challenge from the left.

“More than ever, we need Dianne Feinstein’s steady leadership in the U.S. Senate; she’s exactly the right person to ensure that [President] Trump is held accountable,” Brown said in a statement obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

“Dianne will continue to stand up for immigrants and fight to protect our healthcare and the environent,” he added.

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Feinstein and Brown, who are both from San Francisco, have developed a close relationship ever since Brown’s father appointed her to California’s Women’s Board of Terms and Parole, the L.A. Times reported. In 2005, Feinstein officiated Brown's wedding.

Feinstein, who has served in the Senate since 1992, is seeking her fifth full term, but progressive opponents are arguing that she is too moderate and willing to work with Trump.

Earlier this year, the California Democratic Party declined to endorse Feinstein’s reelection bid. More delegates at the state party’s annual convention favored her opponent, state Sen. Kevin de León. Neither candidate got the 60 percent support needed to win the party’s endorsement.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection analyst says Biden could face uphill battle attracting small-dollar donors Gillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race Biden's sloppy launch may cost him MORE (I-Vt.), a leading progressive voice, told The Hill in March that he would not be endorsing in California's primary.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenElection analyst says Biden could face uphill battle attracting small-dollar donors Biden's announcement was a general election message, says political analyst Gillibrand 'not worried' about being 'discounted' in 2020 race MORE, however, did endorse Feinstein last month.

“She’s tenacious. She’s accomplished. And she’s exactly who we need in the Senate to stand up to this Administration and its Republican allies in Congress. Dianne is a dear friend, and I’m proud to endorse her re-election,” Biden said in a statement last month.