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CA Senator Dianne Feinstein defends service after report of deteriorating memory and ability to lead

WASHINGTON — Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein has defended her position as a senior senator representing California following a report on Thursday that lawmakers she works with are concerned about her memory and ability to serve in the Senate.

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“I remain committed to doing what I said I would do when I was re-elected in 2018: fight for Californians, including on the economy and key California issues of water and fire.” , she said in a statement obtained by CNN. “While I have focused for much of the past year on the health and passing of my husband, I have remained determined to achieve results and would compare my record to anyone else’s.”

His statement comes after the San Francisco Chronicle reported that four unnamed senators, including three Democrats, along with three former aides to Feinstein and a Democratic congressman from California spoke to the Chronicle saying his mental health had deteriorated. recently deteriorated.

Feinstein added in response to the Chronicle report, “The real question is whether I am still an effective representative for 40 million Californians, and the record shows that I am.”

The report notes that their comments came before Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, died in February after “a long battle with cancer.”

After the report, Feinstein called the editorial board and defended her status as a senator.

“I meet with leaders regularly,” Feinstein said Thursday during the call with leaders of the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board. “I’m not isolated. I see people. My attendance is good.

Feinstein faced questions about her ability to serve for a few years. CNN reported in 2021 that she was facing growing questions about her ability to do her job, losing her position as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee after fellow Democrats privately complained about her performance at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings. confirmation of the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. .

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