Senator’s Cognitive Decline Worries Colleagues
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Longtime California Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) is showing clear signs of cognitive decline, causing her colleagues to fear that no longer mentally fit for Congress.
“It’s bad, and it’s getting worse,” an unnamed Democratic senator told the San Francisco Chronicle.
The lawmaker said they had to reintroduce themselves to Feinstein, their colleague of 15 years, multiple times over the span of a few hours.
Feinstein, 88, also repeatedly asked the same innocuous questions with no apparent recognition that she was repeating herself.
The senator was so unnerved by their interaction with Feinstein that they reached out to colleagues to see if there’s a way to convince the 88-year-old to retire.
“I have worked with her for a long time and long enough to know what she was like just a few years ago: always in command, always in charge, on top of the details, basically couldn’t resist a conversation where she was driving some bill or some idea. All of that is gone,” said the lawmaker, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.
“She was an intellectual and political force not that long ago, and that’s why my encounter with her was so jarring. Because there was just no trace of that.”
Feinstein’s current term ends in 2024. She has not formally announced intentions to seek another term.