Gavin Newsom could pick Oprah for Senate if Feinstein retires: report

Oprah Winfrey’s name has been floated as a possible replacement for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, in case the 89-year-old lawmaker retires before her term ends next year, it has been reported. this week.

Questions have swirled about Feinstein’s health and ability to serve in the Senate since returning to Capitol Hill this month after a bout of shingles forced her to stay at home in California for 10 weeks.

Feinstein has pledged to retire at the end of her current term, but The Associated Press reported that several names have already been thrown into the mix if the California Democrat steps down early. One of them would be billionaire TV host Winfrey.

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A report from the Associated Press claims talk show star Oprah Winfrey was among names proposed for Governor Gavin Newsom to replace Senator Dianne Feinstein if the 89-year-old lawmaker retires before the end of her term. (Getty Images)

After being criticized by some progressive groups for not appointing a black woman to replace Vice President Kamala Harris, Newsom vowed to do so if he had another chance to send someone to the Senate.

Early rumors suggested he could turn to Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., who is running for Feinstein’s seat in a high-profile race against fellow California House Democrats Adam Schiff and Katie Porter. Lee has won the endorsement of several high-level lawmakers on the left, including Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.

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Rep. Barbara Lee is in a high-profile Senate race to succeed Feinstein in 2025 against fellow House Democrats Adam Schiff and Katie Porter.

But there seems to be some concern that Newsom could tip the electoral balance in Lee’s favor if he chooses her.

Winfrey’s potential political ambitions caused an uproar ahead of the 2020 election, as many speculated she could launch her own White House bid.

But she has ruled that out on several occasions, including in a November 2018 speech campaigning for two-time Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

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Feinstein returned to the Senate earlier this month after being absent for 10 weeks. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

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“I’m not here because I’m doing grandstand, because I’m thinking about getting started,” Winfrey said at the time. “I don’t want to run. I’m not trying to test the waters, I don’t want to go into those waters.

Fox News Digital reached out to representatives for Newsom and Winfrey for comment, but did not immediately respond.

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