In March, Democratic Governor of California Gavin Newsom made headlines when he announced he would replace Feinstein with a black woman if she stepped down before her term ended. The remarks created a firestorm; Newsom walked them home the next day, saying he was just answering a hypothetical question. “I do not expect her to retire, quite the contrary,” he said on “The View”. “I talk to him quite often. She is also lucid and focused and also committed to the cause of the struggle not only for our state as a representative, the senior senator of California, but this nation in her superior status as a person who has been in the Senate, with a great respect across the aisle, as long or longer than most.