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Could a Baseball Star Really Flip Dianne Feinstein’s Seat?


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COMPTON, California — “Ryan, do you have a pen?”

Steve Garvey is sitting in the backseat of his Hyundai Genesis outside Ruben’s Bakery & Mexican Food in South Los Angeles; Ryan, his son, sits in the driver’s seat. Inside await a gaggle of TV cameras and on-lookers, eager for their chance to brush up against California baseball history.


It’s nothing Garvey, 75, hasn’t seen before. Since joining the Los Angeles Dodgers more than half a century ago, fans from all parts of the world have flocked to his side for a handshake or an autograph. But today is different. Garvey is on the campaign trail, promoting his Republican run for California’s open U.S. Senate seat.


He reaches back into the trunk, where he keeps a fresh case of tissue-wrapped Rawlings baseballs. He takes one, slides it into the pocket of his black puffer vest, and opens the car door.

It’s the third stop of what has already been a long day of campaigning in Southern California. As soon as Garvey steps into the bakery, cameras swarm. Smiling, he reaches across the metal countertop to shake the hand of Ruben Ramirez Sr., wearing a blue L.A. Dodgers ball cap for the occasion. Garvey then turns to shake the hand of Ramirez’s wife, Alicia, who is sporting a Dodgers’ scarf.:snip:

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California Senate debate: Five takeaways from showdown with Schiff, Porter, Lee, and Garvey

Candidates vying for California’s coveted vacant Senate seat sparred Monday evening at the first debate about Israel, congressional earmarks, former President Donald Trump, abortion, and more. 

Steve Garvey, the Republican former MLB star, squared off with his Democratic competitors, Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Katie Porter (D-CA), and Barbara Lee (D-CA), as the four compete for the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat. :snip:

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