Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the anti-Trumper who led the Democrats’ first impeachment effort of President Donald Trump, is making moves to further his political career.
Axios reports that Schiff has been “quietly lobbying” California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) to become the state’s next attorney general.
“Schiff is quietly lobbying Gov. Gavin Newsom and his allies to appoint him California’s next attorney general,” the outlet reports, citing “people familiar with the matter.”
President Joe Biden has nominated Xavier Becerra, the current attorney general of California, to be the head of the Health and Human Services (HSS) agency. Becerra had taken over for Kamala Harris back in 2018, when he was appointed by Newsom.
Now, with Becerra moving on to HHS secretary, the California attorney general seat is once again open. And, apparently, Schiff wants in.
Schiff’s lobbying does come as somewhat of a surprise considering that there have been reports indicating that he was being groomed to take over for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when she decides to call it quits. Perhaps, that fell through.
But, whatever the case may be, according to Axios, Pelosi is on board with Schiff becoming California’s next attorney general.
“House Democrats would lose a powerful party voice in the U.S. House and temporarily give up a seat in their slim 221-211 majority,” the outlet reports. “Nonetheless, Pelosi has given her approval to Schiff’s bid, a clear sign she thinks she can manage without him.”
It’s just a stepping stone
Schiff’s ambitions do not stop with the California attorney generalship either. According to Axios, Schiff plans on using the California attorney general role to position himself for a U.S. Senate run.
Axios reports that Schiff specifically is eyeing the seat that is currently held by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Feinstein is 87-years-old, and many believe that she is nearing the end of her political career. She has yet to announce if she will run for reelection in 2024.
What we don’t yet know is whether Newsom is on board with Schiff’s plan. Breitbart reports that Newsom is currently facing a serious recall effort, meaning that it might be too risky for him to appoint someone like Schiff. Newsom can, perhaps, win back some support by turning Schiff down.
But, most of us can probably agree that someone ought to put a stop to Schiff’s plan.