BREAKING: Gavin Newsom picks pro-abortion activist Laphonza Butler as Dianne Feinstein’s replacement in Senate

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California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has chosen Laphonza Butler, the President of EMILY’s List – a pro-abortion organization, to fill the vacancy left by the late Senator Dianne Feinstein. This move is expected to raise Butler’s profile significantly, given her advocacy for pro-abortion Democrat women.

Governor Newsom’s swift decision to select the next senator comes just two days after Senator Feinstein’s passing and as a narrowly divided Congress just avoided a government shutdown. In the closely divided Senate, each vote holds paramount importance for Senate Democrats.

The formal announcement of this appointment will be made Monday. Anthony York, an advisor to the governor, informed POLITICO that Newsom’s appointment comes without any stipulations or conditions concerning the 2024 election. Consequently, Butler has the opportunity to enter the competitive field of Democratic candidates vying to succeed Feinstein. This election landscape now includes special elections, the March primary, and the November runoff.

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