Los Angeles-based journalist Christina Pascucci announced a surprise Senate run for the vacant position left by the late Senator Dianne Feinstein in a recent interview with Politico. Pascucci, a first-time candidate, shared her vision of being a moderate consensus builder amidst extreme partisanship.
The sudden void left by the late Senator Dianne Feinstein propelled Pascucci into the political sphere, her announcement coming as a surprise on a recent Wednesday.
“I’ve been covering the most pressing issues of California for the past 15 years and watching this race closely… And the more I watched it, the more closely I studied it, I honestly felt dismayed by how it was shaping up,” Pascucci said.
The political tremors from Feinstein’s departure and the subsequent appointment of Democrat Laphonza Butler by Governor Gavin Newsom have already jolted the race. Pascucci, a 38-year-old Democrat, sees herself as a moderate consensus builder in a realm often marred by extreme partisanship. Labeling herself a “truth-seeker,” she vows to prioritize legislation.
Her announcement came with a personal revelation—an 18-week pregnancy, which she disclosed played a significant role in her decision to run.
“The only thing crazier than not jumping in this late would be not jumping in at all, because I have to fight for what I believe is possible for California and for this country,” she expressed.
Pascucci’s narrative extends beyond mere words. She insists on fostering dialogue amidst a polarized populace.
“I spent my life and my upbringing learning to speak the language of people who disagree with me,” she explained. “A lot of times people don’t even try and they just say, ‘They’re extreme.’ That is the worst thing you can do. That is the intent of disinformation: To polarize us. The only way to combat that is by going in, sitting down and talking it out. And that’s what I’ve been trained to do as a journalist.”
The battle to fill Feinstein’s seat is gaining traction with several noteworthy candidates in the fray. A recent Berkeley poll revealed a still-fluid electorate with Congressman Adam Schiff leading at 20%, closely trailed by Congresswoman Katie Porter at 17%. Former Los Angeles Dodgers baseball star Steve Garvey has also thrown his hat in the ring.
Bill Burton, a seasoned Democratic strategist, helms Pascucci’s campaign, underscoring her diverse life experiences and outsider status.
“In a very crowded field, Christina offers a choice for voters looking for someone not from a traditional political background… She has a perspective as a candidate who has lived her life telling the stories of every kind of Californian and understands this state in a way that sets her apart,” Burton articulated.
Pouring her heart into this decision, Pascucci admits to the risks involved.
“I put a lot of heart and thoughts and tears into making sure this is the right decision for my family — to risk my entire career I’ve worked so hard and built up,” she shared. “I am confident based on all the conversations I have had that I have the resources I need to win this race”1.
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