Could Oprah Winfrey replace 89-year-old Dianne Feinstein in the Senate? Rumors are circulating that talk show Titan is on the list of replacements to take over when the ailing senator resigns
California Governor Gavin Newsom is reportedly considering appointing Oprah Winfrey to the Senate if Dianne Feinstein retires early.
Newsom has promised to nominate a black woman to the seat, and Oprah is among the list of contenders he’s considering, according to the Associated Press.
Winfrey’s appointment would save Newsom from a decisive role in California’s controversial 2025 primary race.
In that case, the celebrity talk show host would serve as a placeholder who would not seek the seat for a full six-year term.
Newsom’s office could not be reached for comment on the matter.
California Governor Gavin Newsom reportedly considering appointing Oprah Winfrey to Senate if Dianne Feinstein retires early
Another black woman, Rep. Barbara Lee, is already entering that race, but Newsom could remain neutral in what is sure to be a bloodbath between Lee and two other contenders – Reps. Adam Schiff and Katie Porter.
Winfrey has publicly teased running for president, and in 2018 CNN reported that she was serious about the idea.
The new report comes as Feinstein, 89, has finally returned to the Senate after an absence of more than two months due to shingles — though many suspect her days there are limited.
Chair Emerita Nancy Pelosi’s office denied that her daughter has been roaming the Capitol with Senator Dianne Feinstein to ensure the 89-year-old stays in office to help Adam Schiff’s Senate campaign.
Feinstein was away from the Senate for 10 weeks recovering from shingles and public demands for her resignation mounted, but a staunch defender – Pelosi – insisted such calls were sexist.
It came to light this week that Nancy Corinne Prowda, the eldest daughter of the speaker emerita, has acted as a caretaker of sorts to Feinstein, the senior member of the Senate.
When asked if the arrangement was intended to support Schiff’s campaign, Pelosi spokesman Aaron Bennett answered curtly “no.”
Sources suggested Politics that the arrangement was to ensure that Feinstein, whose state of confusion and misremembering was evident in the Senate, remained in office until the end of her term.
Newsom has promised to nominate a black woman to the seat, and Oprah is among the list of contenders he’s considering, according to the Associated Press
The new report comes as Feinstein, 89, has finally returned to the Senate after an absence of more than two months due to shingles — though many suspect her days there are limited
The 58-year-old marketing executive has appeared with the outgoing senator following the departure of several trusted associates, amid questions about her eligibility for office.
Meanwhile, Representative Adam Schiff is locked in a three-way primary with Representatives Barbara Lee and Katie Porter. Pelosi has endorsed Schiff in the primary, and sources told Politico they thought the arrangement could be to prevent Governor Gavin Newsom from appointing Lee to fill the seat.
Newsom has promised to nominate a black woman to the senate and Lee fits in.
A Feinstein spokesperson said Prowda was not paid a salary for her role.
Nancy Corinne and Senator Feinstein have been friends for decades. Nancy Corinne has supported her recovery from her shingles,” Bennett explained in a statement to DailyMail.com.
Speaker Emerita Pelosi and Senator Feinstein have been friends since long before they served in Congress – and their friendship is personal, not political. Anyone who knows Senator Feinstein knows that her senate service is entirely her own decision, and Speaker Emerita Pelosi would never suggest otherwise.”