Take one sleazy political juice deal, and mix it with rotten water policy, however, and California's senior U.S. Senator may complicate her party's hopes for emerging victorious in this fall's elections.
As reported in this space in December, Dianne Feinstein has announced plans to override government scientists in order to boost irrigation deliveries to Central Valley farmers. It's a move that will particularly favor Stewart Resnick, a 118,000-acre corporate farmer who has channeled $29,000 to Feinstein and $246,000 to Democratic political committees during years when the senator has sought re-election.
And yet, by pissing off environmentalists — a core Democratic constituency — Feinstein may complicate life for junior U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is facing a challenge from Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina and others.