Fifth House Democrats on Friday called on Sen. Diane Feinstein (D., Calif.), who returned to Washington after a long absence due to shingles, to resign.
Rep. Richie Torres (DN.Y.) has argued that lawmakers should resign if they become “a shadow of who they used to be.”
“If you’re a member and the shadow of your former self is gone, I think you should quit,” Torres said. insider It called for Feinstein’s resignation for the first time this week. “When you are no longer the best person to represent your state, you have a duty to move on.”
Torres joined Feinstein with Rep. Law Khanna, Democrat, California, Dean Phillips, Democrat, Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York, and Rashida Traib, Democrat, Michigan. I am calling for his removal from the Senate. .
The 89-year-old Feinstein has had an illustrious 30-year career as a senator, but in recent years his mental toughness and ability to carry out the Senate duties in recent months have come under scrutiny.
of The New York Times recently reported In addition to shingles, Feinstein said he was suffering from complications including encephalitis, brain swelling that could cause memory problems, increased confusion and difficulty walking.
Feinstein returned to the Capitol earlier this month, looking more frail than ever and needing a wheelchair to move around the Senate. While speaking to her press corps shortly after her return, she seemed to forget she was away from Washington.
In a statement after her return, her office said doctors had advised her to continue on a lighter schedule as she continued to recover.
The California Democrats have adamantly refused to resign, and other prominent Democrats such as Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (NY), former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Lawmakers also support him.
Feinstein announced in February that he would step down at the end of his term.
A spokeswoman for Feinstein declined to immediately comment on Torres’ remarks.
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