Rep Barbara Lee Wants to Replace Feinstein

( – California Democrat Barbara Lee, currently serving in the US House, has announced she’s running for the state’s open Senate seat soon to be vacated by Dianne Feinstein.

But talk of Lee’s views on convicted murderers quickly emerged after her announcement.

Back in 2001, Lee said that convicted murderer Leonard Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement (AIM), was “targeted” by the FBI. Peltier was convicted for the murders of two FBI agents in 1975 and has been the focus of relentless leftist activism agitating for his release since that time.

Lee’s views on another convicted murderer also raised eyebrows. Mumia Abu-Jabal was sentenced to death for the murder of police officer Daniel Faulker in 1981. Abu-Jabal shot officer Faulkner several times after he pulled over Abu-Jabal’s brother for a traffic stop.

Abu-Jabal was sentenced to death in 1982.

Lee, along with other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, sent a report to the United Nations claiming Abu-Jabal was framed. The report said Abu-Jabal was “neutralized” by actors trying to make him appear to be guilty of a crime that, the report claimed, he did not commit.

That report further claimed that accusers had never demonstrated why Abu-Jabal would have a motive to kill the police officer, but that, according to the report, it was obvious that others had a motive to “neutralize and frame” Abu-Jabal.

Barbara Lee has represented California’s 12th District in the US House since her election in 1998. In her campaign announcement she said her priorities as a senator would be “the climate crisis” and stopping what she called “MAGA extremists.”

If Lee wins the seat, she will succeed Dianne Feinstein, currently the oldest living senator (89), and the longest-serving woman senator in US history. Long active in San Francisco and California politics prior to entering the Senate, Feinstein won her seat in 1992.

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