Feinstein endorses Clinton, too

feinstein.jpgU.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., just finished a conference call endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, saying her fellow Senator has “the experience, the heart and the strength to be a great American president.”

Feinstein said we need a president who can restore America’s standing worldwide while addressing crucial issues at home, who can rebuild confidence in government and demand accountability, and who can nominate mainstream U.S. Supreme Court justices. She described Clinton as “a woman of strength and compassion who has a powerful voice” and said she has been “deeply impressed with how Hillary has handled herself in the Senate.”

Clinton said she admires Feinstein’s ability to work across party lines to achieve results: “She has been someone to whom I’ve turned for advice and counsel.”

Feinstein berated a Los Angeles radio reporter who asked Clinton how she felt about the marital infidelity of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who also has endorsed her; she said Clinton has bigger things to think about than this. Clinton basically agreed it’s not an issue.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.