Even Californians jaded by the antics of their state’s obnoxious political class were stunned by the outrageous sense of entitlement displayed by long-term California senator Dianne Feinstein when a local television reporter dared ask her why she refuses to debate her Republican opponent Elizabeth Emken.
Feinstein simply got up, patted the reporter on the arm, and walked away,leaving behind her empty chair. Apparently, she just can’t be bothered to explain to her constituents why she deserves yet another term on the back benches of the Senate – a tenure that has seen the Golden State turn from a symbol of optimism to Greece-on-the-Pacific.
Elizabeth Emken, a Republican, beat the odds and 22 other candidates in the open primary last June for the right to undertake and even tougher challenge – defeating DiFi in November.
Unlike Feinstein, who has cashed government paychecks since her start as a San Francisco Board of Supervisors member in the 1970s, Emken worked in the real world. She began at IBM as an efficiency expert, leveraging her Economics and Political Science degree from UCLA to figure out how to make organizations work better and cheaper.