California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder (R) on Friday pledged to replace Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel Feinstein Ban on new offshore drilling must stay in the Build Back Better Act Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Jane Fonda to push for end to offshore oil drilling in California MORE (D-Calif.) with a Republican if he wins the Golden State's recall election.
“They're afraid I'm going to replace her with a Republican, which I most certainly would do and that would be an earthquake in Washington, D.C.,” Elder said on the "Mark LevinMark Reed LevinFox News signs book deal with HarperCollins Former California senator prods Feinstein to consider retirement Elder pledges to replace Feinstein with Republican if he wins California recall election MORE Show."
The conservative radio host claims Feinstein has not been seen in “weeks” and is in “an even worst mental condition than Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Democrats' spending plan is 'a bigger darn deal' than Obamacare Biden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' MORE.”
Feinstein, 88, said earlier this year she does not plan to step down from her seat and wants to finish her current term, which ends in 2025.
A Democratic source from California told CNN "the right thing" for Feinstein to do would be to step down and let a Democratic governor choose her replacement.
Feinstein told CNN the recall effort only affects Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia regulator proposes ban on oil drilling near schools, hospitals, homes Biden says he would tap National Guard to help with supply chain issues Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Nations plan to pump oil despite net zero promises MORE (D), and she will not be stepping down even if there is a chance a Republican gets elected.
The recall election is surprisingly close as Republicans are using the frustration among California voters over the state’s pandemic response to garner energy for the Sept. 14 election; however, a recent poll shows Newsom still coming out on top in the election despite Republican efforts to oust him.