California Democratic Representative Adam Schiff has filed a formal application to run for the late Senator Dianne Feinstein’s seat in the Senate.
Schiff, who was criticized by the House of Representatives earlier this year over his claims that former President Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election, officially entered the race on Monday evening, announcing the move on X, formerly Twitter.
“It’s official – I just filed my papers and will be on the ballot to be California’s next state senator,” Schiff wrote.
Anti-Trump Democrats allegedly claim Maryland home as primary residence despite running for Senate in California
“92 days until the March 5th primary – see you on the campaign trail!” he added.
The California congressman entered a crowded election that pitted him against fellow House Democrats Reps. Katie Porter and Barbara Lee, as well as Republican attorney Eric Early.
Schiff’s censure has helped him, at least financially, bolster his voter base — the California Democrat raised more than $8 million in campaign donations after being formally censured by the lower chamber of Congress.
However, Schiff faces a different problem: He has allegedly claimed a principal residence in Maryland for years despite his goal of representing Golden State residents in the Senate.
While Schiff owns a 3,420-square-foot home in Maryland, he received a homeowner’s tax break on a smaller, 650-square-foot apartment that he owns and uses as his primary residence in Burbank, California.
By claiming his California home as his primary residence, Schiff was able to get a $7,000 reduction in his property assessment — an estimated $70 annual savings on property taxes, according to a CNN report. In California, each county collects a general property tax equal to 1% of assessed value. Schiff, who declared his Senate bid in January, did not receive a similar exemption in his home state of Maryland.
Tax records reviewed by the outlet revealed that Schiff paid him California property taxes with a personal check showing his Maryland address in 2017. The outlet’s review of past records and comments from the lawmaker, as well as photos shared on social media in recent history, also indicated Schiff has made his home in Maryland his full-time residence.
Deed records also revealed that Schiff identified his name Maryland home as his primary residence in 2003, the year he purchased it. Additionally, Schiff reportedly refinanced his mortgage and noted that his Maryland home was his primary residence in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Los Angeles County The outlet highlighted that deed records for Schiff’s California apartment, which was purchased in 2009 for less than $300,000, were notarized in Maryland.
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Schiff will have to navigate the turbulent waters of a strong Senate candidate field while touting his accomplishments in the House.
However, it remains to be seen how his criticism will truly impact his candidacy.
Fox News Digital’s Kyle Morris contributed reporting.