Former Dodgers great Steve Garvey launches California Senate campaign

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Former baseball great Steve Garvey announced on Tuesday that he is running for the seat of late Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein in the U.S. Senate. “I never played for Democrats, Republicans or Independents. Garvey stated in a video that launched his campaign, “I played for you all.” “Now I’m running for U.S. Senate in California, a state that I believe at one time was the heartbeat of America, and now is just a murmur.”

Garvey’s voice-over plays atop footage of his All-Star baseball career as first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres. It’s time to leave the bench. It’s time for the uniform. The video ends with the words “It’s time to play again.” Garvey’s candidacy as a Republican in the closely watched Senate race, which has been dominated by Democrats for decades, adds to a crowded field already filled with candidates. Adam Schiff, Katie Porter, and Barbara Lee, all California Democratic Reps., have announced their bids to fill the vacant seat. Feinstein, who passed away in December, had stated that she would not run for re-election. Laphonza Butler is the current occupant of this seat. She was appointed by California Governor Gavin Newsom. Butler served as an adviser to Vice-President Harris and President of EMILY’s List. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, will fill the vacancy created by Feinstein’s death.

Newsom chose not to appoint one of the Democrats running for the Golden State Senate seat because he didn’t want to get involved in the primaries. Butler’s 2024 campaign is not yet known.

“I have a Republican opponent — Steve Garvey. He was once a first-baseman before he became a Republican multimillionaire celebrity. According to his announcement, he seems ready to fight for anyone born at third base who thinks they’ve hit a triple. Adam Schiff, a Californian Democrat running to succeed Feinstein in the 2024 election, said: “Go figure.” Garvey said in an interview with The Associated Press that he had voted for President Trump in the past, but he hadn’t yet decided who he would support for the White House. “I run the Steve Garvey Campaign,” he stated.