California progressors are hoping to influence Governor Gavin Newsom’s election to have Kamala Harris on the Senate seat when he becomes vice president in January.
In 2016, Harris was only the second black woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate, Carol Moseley Braun, D-Ill. After a former Senate who served between 1993 and 1999.
As a former prosecutor, Harris also played a key role in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Black San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown called on Newsom to choose not only a colorful woman, but also a black woman, according to ABC 7 in Los Angeles. The influential ex-mayor played a role in his early political career between both Newsom and Harris and openly discussed a previous extramarital affair with Harris.
“In the history of this nation, there were only two black women in the U.S. Senate: Carol Moseley Braun and Kamala Harris,” he told the station. “And to fill in that is not a black woman, I think it would not be in line with the really good judgment.”
If Brown has a way, potential candidates for the post could be women in Congress, Maxine Waters, Karen Bass and Barbara Lee.
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But leaders of California’s significant Spanish and Latin American community have also called on the governor to choose a candidate who shares their backgrounds, the San Francisco Chronicle wrote.
These may include Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a potential frontrunner, and a friend of Newsom who was previously an assistant to another California senator, Senator Dianne Feinstein; or Attorney General Xavier Becerra, according to the paper. Latinos make up about 40% of the state’s population.
For his part, Feinstein told Fox News last week that the job should be handed over to a “good California” man.
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Two Democratic lobby groups called on Newsom to select a colorful woman for the meeting in full-page ads published Monday in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times. It was claimed that the elected vice president is one of all four senators who fit this description and “women of color are the main drivers of electoral progress in this country”.
The letter, according to the papers, was signed by more than 150 democratic female donors.
Harris is leaving her Senate chair to be the first woman of all races to serve as vice president. Prior to joining the Senate, he served as a district attorney in San Francisco and later as a California attorney general.
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Other potential deputies include the chairman of Parliament’s Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, Katie Porter and Ro Khanna MPs, former Katie Hill MPs, Robert Garcia, Mayor of Long Beach, and Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles. And it is possible that Newsom may appoint himself.
At a news conference at Newsom on Monday, he said he had not chosen Harris to replace him, but planned to do so before the inauguration day.
Fox News Chad Pergram contributed to this report.