Adam Schiff Quietly Lobbying Gov. Gavin Newsom for State's Next Attorney General
Schiff may be looking to vacate his congressional seat for a job at the state level
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is reportedly lobbying California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) to become the Golden State’s next attorney general.
According to Axios, if Newsom selects Schiff, House Democrats would lose a powerful party voice in the U.S. House and temporarily give up a seat in their slim 221-211 majority.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has given her approval to Schiff’s bid, which suggests she believes she can manage without him.
The role also would better position Schiff to run for Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) seat should she decide not to run for reelection in 2024.
The AG role is being vacated by Xavier Becerra, who Biden nominated to serve as secretary of Health and Human Services.
Schiff, who is currently the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, would see a major shift if the move is successful.
It would also allow him more time in his home state ahead of Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s possible retirement in 2025.
Newsom is facing abysmal approval ratings and a recall effort seeking his removal from office.
Schiff's profile rose during the hoax Russia investigation and then the first impeachment of Donald Trump.
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell remains on the committee despite his ties to an alleged Chinese spy named Fang Fang.
Last month, Schiff blasted the Republican Party as a "dangerous cult," following reports that names of Democrat lawmakers were discovered on a list of a man caught near the U.S. Capitol with a gun and ammunition.
"You look at some of these members, including Representative Greene, who have threatened on social media prior to her election other members of Congress," said Schiff.
"You have members like her who have suggested that attacks against students, murderous attacks on high school campuses like at Parkland were somehow fake, fraudulent, or false flag operations."
"And they're being rewarded by [House Minority Leader Rep.] Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) with assignments on the education committee!" he continued.
"You know, the GOP leadership is becoming little more than a cult and a dangerous cult," said Schiff.