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California U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein talking to the San Francisco Chronicle Editorial Board

Well, it is clear that Senator Feinstein will NOT be debating her opponent, Republican Elizabeth Emken.

California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, in the midst of a 2012 re-election campaign, said today that she has no intention of debating her GOP opponent, Danville activist Elizabeth Emken, because “I haven’t seen the point.”

Feinstein, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 1992, made the comments today during an hour-long Chronicle editorial board session.

Just weeks ago, California’s senior senator walked out on ABC 7?s Mark Matthews when he asked her about her decision this time to sidestep a debate. (“Some reporters get under your skin,” she laughed, when we noted that.)

I had DiFi’s previous refusal to debate Elizabeth Emken here, as Feinstein get testy with a reporter.

Here is today’s video:

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I understand that the Senator is a long-standing and seasoned POL. Most Californians know her stands on the issues and she will win in a landslide.

But, to refuse to debate her opponent leaves a bad taste in most voter’s mouths, including mine.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

Well, Senator Feinstein doesn’t want to take a shoo-in campaign for re-election and turn it into a gaffe-fest.

Soooo, DiFi will do some token events, raise lots of money and ignore Republican challenger Elizabeth Emken.

Works for her – but pretty pathetic government in very blue California.

Here is the video:

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I thought the Senator was going to take the reporter’s shoulder off…..

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share save 120 16 CA Sen: Conservative California Republican Assembly Endorses Al Ramirez for U.S. Senate

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While the California Republican Party has endorsed Elizabeth Emken for California United State Senate, the more conservative California Republican Assembly has just announced their endorsement for businessman, Al Ramirez.

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Al Ramirez, an accomplished businessman, received the endorsement of the California Republican Assembly (CRA) at the group’s endorsing convention on Sunday.

“I’m incredibly pleased and honored to have the support of the State’s oldest and largest Republican volunteer organization,” said Ramirez.  “The endorsement of the CRA demonstrates that our message is resonating with Republicans across the State.  We simply cannot afford more of the same socialistic policies of Feinstein and Obama.  It’s time to restore the American Dream in California.”

The CRA endorsement is one of the most coveted in all of Republican politics.  Ronald Reagan even referred to the CRA as “The conscience of the Republican Party.”

Candidates seeking the CRA endorsement went through a rigorous vetting process which included giving speeches to the entire delegation and facing a session of tough questioning in front of a “Fact Finding Committee.”  In order to receive an endorsement, a candidate must be supported by two-thirds of the voting delegates.

Ramirez was endorsed overwhelmingly by a vote of the entire CRA delegation late Sunday morning.

This endorsement has to deliver a decided edge to Ramirez, especially with so many candidates in the race vying to run against the front-runner and incumbent Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Millions of dollars were embezzled from her campaign. Twenty-two challengers are trying to knock her off in the June primary. And the stakes in the November election are nothing less than control of Capitol Hill.

But U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein isn’t a bit worried. Her campaign is on cruise control, her re-election all but certain — yet again.

After holding elected office for all but five of the last 42 years, Feinstein is the doyenne of California Democrats. She’s so politically bulletproof that no A-list candidates are wasting their time and money trying to dethrone her.

At 78, Feinstein has become the rare lawmaker who plays to her own political base while not overly riling her opponents. “She should have her easiest re-election ever,” said Gary Jacobson, a UC San Diego political science professor.

Feinstein, who won her last two elections in landslides, attributes her success to her work ethic and her ability to get along with fellow Washington politicians during venomous times. “I am known for working hard, and I can tell you if I wasn’t, I would have some major opposition,” Feinstein said in an interview last week.

Just how little she has to worry about was shown in a recent Survey USA poll. It found 51 percent of California’s likely voters intend to vote for Feinstein, while Republicans Elizabeth Emken of Danville and Dan Hughes of Oceanside were backed by 2 percent each. All other candidates clocked in at either 1 percent or zero.

But, will this endorsement be enough for Ramirez to come in second place above Elizbeth Emken and Dan Hughes?

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share save 120 16 CA Sen: Unknown Candidates Line Up Against Sen Dianne Feinstein
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California’s Senor U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

Why these folks are bothering, is beyond me.

No proven Republican candidates have stepped up yet to challenge Sen. Dianne Feinstein, but six little-known longshots plus Laguna Niguel’s Orly Taitz are trying to gain traction.

Senate hopefuls Elizabeth Emken, Dan Hughes, Al Ramirez and Greg Conlon were pumping the flesh at last month’s convention of the California Republican Party, according to the Sacramento Bee’s coverage of the event.

There’s also Ron Paul-styled Republican Rick Williams and San Diego County businessman John Boruff.

Noe of these candidates has a hope or a prayer to beat DiFi.

In fact, the California Republican Party was unsuccessful in recruiting any known POL to run – doesn’t that tell you something?

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share save 120 16 CA Sen: Elizabeth Emken Announces Run for United States Senate
Elizabeth Emken CA Sen: Elizabeth Emken Announces Run for United States Senate

Elizabeth Emken and family

Elizabeth Emken announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for California United States Senate yesterday, Is she is succesfull in winning a top two spot, she undoubtedly will face off against long-time incumbent Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein.

I believe Emken is the only announced Republican candidate.

She has previously run for office in California’s 11th Congressional District in 2010. She finished fourth in the Republican primary election with 16.7% of the vote.

Emken will face a tough race against the popular and very well heeled incumbent Senator who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Here is a video of her past race:

Her Senate campaign website is here.

Unless lightening strikes, I would say Emken’s chances of beating Feinstein are very slim.

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