Newsom Fills Feinstein's Empty Senate Seat With Wealthy Black Lesbian From Maryland

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Oct 02, 2023 - 10:15 PM

In 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) vowed to replace any Senate vacancies with a black woman.

On Sunday, he did just that following the death of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), appointing the first black lesbian to ever openly serve in Congress.

Laphonza Butler, president of of pro-abortion organization EMILY's List who served as a senior adviser to Kamala Harris' very failed 2020 presidential campaign, and currently a resident of Maryland, was announced as Feinstein's replacement in a Sunday night announcement by Newsom.

Butler will finish Feinstein's term, which runs until 2024, after which she may face off with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), who had been hoping Feinstein would live till the election so he could slide into the Senate.

"As we mourn the enormous loss of Senator Feinstein, the very freedoms she fought for — reproductive freedom, equal protection, and safety from gun violence — have never been under greater assault," said Newsom, adding "Laphonza will carry the baton left by Senator Feinstein, continue to break glass ceilings, and fight for all Californians in Washington D.C."

Butler was born in Magnolia, Mississippi, where she began her career as a union organizer. In 2009, she moved to California, where she served as president of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers, where she was instrumental in raising minimum wage, and hiking taxes on wealthy Californians. She also served as a University of California regent for three years, until she moved to Maryland in 2001.

After advising Kamala Harris on her 2020 campaign, Butler left SCRB strategies to become Airbnb's director of public policy and campaigns in North America. Wile working for Harris, she was hired by Uber during an organized labor dispute - when Harris's brother-in-law, Tony West, was Uber's chief legal officer.

Many have made light of the fact that Butler doesn't actually live in California.