Injured Feinstein will not attend convention

A broken ankle will keep Sen. Dianne Feinstein from attending next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver, according to a statement released by the senator’s office.

Feinstein slipped and broke her ankle Friday while walking with Rep. Ellen Tauscher on a nature path in the Tahoe forest, a day before the start of 12th annual Lake Tahoe Summit, a symposium on ecological issues.

The 75-year-old senator and was scheduled to co-chair California’s delegation at the DNC, but after heeding the advice of her doctor, she opted to stay home for the event, according to her statement.

“My doctor has advised me not to travel in the short-term, and so, regretfully, I am unable to attend what will surely be an historic convention in Denver,” Feinstein’s statement read.  “I was very much looking forward to chairing the California Delegation, and I offer my best wishes to California’s delegates in this vital nomination process.”

Art Torres, chairman of the California Democratic Party, will act as the sole state representative in Feinstein’s absence, according to Bob Mulholland, the organization’s spokesman.

Feinstein, a former San Francisco mayor and current resident, has been mentioned as a possible candidate for California governor in 2010.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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