DiFi will chair Boxer’s re-election campaign

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s re-election campaign announced today that U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein will serve as its chairwoman.

“Senator Boxer and I make a great team for California,” Feinstein said in the news release. “That’s why I’m so proud to chair Senator Boxer’s campaign. Barbara is a proven and effective leader for California, and our strong partnership is essential in creating jobs and turning our economy around.”

“I’ve seen Barbara’s extraordinary leadership of the Environment and Public Works Committee firsthand as she works across party lines to create the clean energy and transportation jobs our communities desperately need. Barbara never gives up when fighting for Californians. I know the families of California want us to continue working together as an effective team to improve their lives and their communities.”

This is a show of force, as Feinstein remains one of California’s most influential Democrats; think, e.g., of how Jerry Brown waited and waited to formally declare his gubernatorial candidacy until after DiFi publicly said she wouldn’t run. Polls show Feinstein remains more popular than Boxer, so she brings some gravitas and centrist appeal to the table (not that she’ll be running the campaign’s day-to-day or anything like that).

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama will arrive in Los Angeles on Monday evening to attend fundraisers – a sold-out, $17,600-a-head shindig at the city’s Natural History Museum, and a reception at the California Science Center for which tickets cost $100 to $2,500 – on behalf of Boxer and the Democratic National Committee.

Boxer’s campaign this week said it raised $2.4 million in the first quarter of 2010. In the GOP primary race, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina raised $1.7 million; former Cal business school dean, Congressman and state finance director Tom Campbell raised $1.6 million; and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore raised $626,000.

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.