Former SoCal TV reporter/anchor, Christina Pascucci is stepping away from a 15-year career to hit the campaign trail. Pascucci, 38, is running for the US Senate seat once held by Dianne Feinstein, who passed away on September 29. Pascucci officially announced her intentions recently on Fox 11’s political talk show “The Issue is: with Elex Michaelson.” Locally, Pascucci worked for news operations at Fox 11 and KTLA.
Pascucci is a native Californian who identifies as an “independent Democrat. ” She believes her experience as a journalist, covering political issues, traveling to more than 100 countries, and interviewing world leaders will serve her well as a senator. Also, she has a personal reason for jumping into the race: “I am pregnant…I want to fight like hell for her (my baby’s) future.”
When asked what is the biggest domestic issue, Pascucci said, “Homelessness and public safety.” The most significant international issue, she answered, “the border crisis.”
Also, making the leap into the California senate race, retired baseball star, Steve Garvey. He played in Major League Baseball as a first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres from 1969 to 1987. Garvey, 74, is running as a Republican. Garvey wouldn’t say if he would vote for Donald Trump if he wins the Republican presidential nomination. However, he did admit to voting for Trump the last two times he ran for president.
When asked what he would consider the most significant domestic issue, Garvey said, “Quality of life… economy and inflation…crime on the streets… education.” As for international issues, Garvey selected “national defense.”
The race to replace Senator Dianne Feinstein
Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom picked Democratic strategist, Laphonza Butler to replace the late Senator Feinstein. Within days, Butler announced she would not seek a full term. Still, Garvey and Pascucci join a list of more than 30 contenders. Leading the pack are three veteran Democratic representatives, Adam Schiff, Barbara Lee, and Katie Porter.
Back in January, Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA 47th District) was the first to announce for the senate seat, followed by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA 30th District), and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA 12th District). For months, all three have been on the campaign trail and raising millions from donors. Even so, there’s a chance the number of candidates could still grow by the December 8, 2023 filing deadline.