Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is rumored to be one of Democrat nominee Joe Biden’s top picks for vice president, but former San Francisco mayor and Harris’ onetime paramour, Willie Brown, wrote in an op-ed on Sunday that Harris should refuse to accept the position.
Brown wrote in his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle that instead of becoming Biden’s running mate, Harris should request to be Biden’s attorney general.
Harris has a long track record as a prosecutor in California, spending seven years as San Francisco’s district attorney, followed by another six years as California’s attorney general.
If Joe Biden offers the vice presidential slot to Sen. Kamala Harris, my advice to her would be to politely decline.
Harris is a tested and proven campaigner who will work her backside off to get Biden elected. That said, the vice presidency is not the job she should go for — asking to be considered as attorney general in a Biden administration would be more like it.
Being picked for the vice presidency is obviously a huge honor, and if Biden wins, Harris would make history by being the first woman to hold the job.
But the glory would be short-lived, and historically, the vice presidency has often ended up being a dead end. For every George H.W. Bush, who ascended from the job to the presidency, there’s an Al Gore, who never got there.
Brown and Harris began dating in the 1990s while Brown was still married, though he claimed he was estranged from his wife Blanche Brown at the time. Brown was serving as the California Assembly Speaker when he met 29-year-old Harris.
Brown gave Harris her first big break in 1994 by appointing her to the California Medical Assistance Commission in 1994 — despite her complete lack of experience or credentials in the medical field. The pair reportedly broke up in 1995, but Brown continued to use his position of power to promote Harris’ career.
However, after Harris successfully won her campaign for SF district attorney, she began to distance herself from Brown, at one point calling him an “albatross hanging around my neck.”
Harris has taken quite a bit of heat from Democrats over her track record as a ruthless prosecutor and from Republicans for using Brown to climb the political ladder in California. Biden has not revealed his official choice, but reports say that Harris is still at the top of the list.