FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 27, 2018

CONTACT: Jonathan Underland //

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Los Angeles Times reported early this morning that Senator Dianne Feinstein is refusing to debate her opponents in this year’s primary.  Kevin de León, considered to be her most likely challenger in the general election, released the following statement in response:

“Californians have waited long enough for a public exchange of ideas about the challenges facing our state,” Kevin said.  "Our current leadership in Washington, D.C. lacks a strong voice on fighting climate change, growing our economy and creating new jobs, advancing Medicare-for-All, and finding affordable housing and debt-free college solutions.  The senior Senator from California has long demanded our ‘patience’, but these pressing issues require our attention today.

 "It isn’t enough to communicate with tweets and press releases alone.  As elected leaders, we owe our constituents the respect and dignity of an open discussion in a public forum. That’s why Senator Feinstein should leave Georgetown, come back home to California, and meet us face-to-face on the debate stage.”

 On the eve of announcing his run for U.S. Senate, Kevin de León released the video “Kevin de León for U.S. Senate”.  To watch the video, click here or on the screenshot below.

California State Senator Kevin de León was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate in 2014, making him the first Latino to hold that position in over a century.  Through his ambitious approach to policymaking, Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models. De León served four years in the California State Assembly before his election to the State Senate in 2010.

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