Antonio Villaraigosa was endorsed by the United Farm Workers at the California Democratic Convention on Saturday, a counterpoint to claims the previous night that he is not a friend to labor unions.
“Antonio has consistently stood with and worked with farmworkers in good times and tough times over the course of many years,” said Arturo Rodriguez, president of the union, saying Villaraigosa’s efforts stretched from picketing on behalf of striking grape pickers as a teenager to his days as an elected leader and beyond. “He made calls to legislators, he walked picket lines and he sought to use his influence to help farmworkers get better lives.”
Villaraigosa noted that while he had never worked in the fields, he felt a responsibility to stand up for farmworkers and other Californians to have rewarding work that allows them to provide for their families.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein stuck to core Democratic themes in a speech to delegates at the California Democratic Party convention in San Diego on Saturday, saying President Trump has disgraced the White House, and highlighting her decades-long support for the assault weapons ban and protecting immigrants.
The senator, who is running for her fifth full term, also indirectly touched on the intraparty challenge she faces from state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León of Los Angeles.
De León lags far behind in the polls and fundraising but has picked up strong support from labor unions and has at least an outside shot at nabbing the state party’s endorsement this weekend.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein is courting Democrats this weekend in hopes of winning the state party’s endorsement for her reelection campaign.
She is trying to beat back a challenge from the left by state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León of Los Angeles. It could be a major blow to Feinstein if she fails to land the party nod after representing California in the Senate since 1992.
She received a warm welcome at a women’s caucus meeting Saturday morning.