U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is staying put, her political consultant said Thursday, seeking to squelch fast-moving rumors that the veteran California Democrat plans to resign.
“I have talked to her. She’s definitely not resigning,” longtime adviser Rose Kapolczynski said of Boxer. The senator, whose current term ends in 2016, will decide next year if she will seek re-election, Kapolczynski said.
It’s unclear how the resignation rumor started. The Senate is on recess and Boxer, who turns 74 in November, is scheduled to hold a press conference in San Francisco on Friday, “where she will be available to comment on the many challenges facing America at home and abroad,” according to an advisory from her office.
Boxer, who joined the U.S. Senate in 1992, was re-elected in 2010 when she defeated former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina, surviving that year’s Tea Party-driven surge that ousted other Democrats across the country.
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Also fueling the rumor: Boxer’s campaign fundraising is lagging. At a comparable point in her previous term, Boxer had more than $3.5 million on hand in June 2008. As of this past June, Boxer had $200,000 in her Senate account, according to Federal Election Commission records.
California Democratic Party chairman John Burton dismissed the resignation rumor. Burton said he would be among the first to know if Boxer, who once worked for Burton, planned to quit.