Why Kamala Harris’ ex doesn’t think she should be Vice President

On Aug. 11, 2020, Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden chose California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate for the 2020 election. But if Harris’ ex, Willie Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco, had his way, Harris would have declined the proposal. In an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 8, 2020, Brown suggested Harris should “politely decline” if Biden were to offer her the VP spot and instead focus her attention elsewhere (we’ll get to that later).

Harris, who became a senator in 2017 after getting her start as San Fransisco district attorney in 2003 and then California attorney general in 2010, expressed excitement about her role as running mate despite Brown’s hesitations. The politician’s message came months after she ended her presidential bid ended in December 2019 due to a lack of funds, according to The New York Times

Many Americans are thrilled that she decidedly did not politely decline when Biden came calling to join his campaign. Instead, Harris has become the first Black woman and first woman of Indian descent to be nominated for a national office by a major party, and just the third woman to get chosen as a potential vice president, according to The New York Times. If she and Biden take office, she will quite literally make history. And yet Brown thought she should decline that offer. The question is, why? We reveal the answer below.

Willie Brown doesn't want Kamala Harris to face a dead end

In Willie Brown’s op-ed for the San Francisco Chronicle, he wrote that Kamala Harris should decline an offer from Joe Biden to be his running mate because the job of vice president job is supposedly a dead end. “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,” Brown, who split from Harris in 1996, penned.

He noted that if Harris instead set her sights on The United States attorney general (AG) position, she could, in theory, have more power. “From atop the Justice Department, the boss can make a real mark on everything from police reform to racial justice to prosecuting corporate misdeeds,” Brown argued. “And the attorney general gets to name every U.S. attorney in the country. That’s power.” 

Of course, Harris is more than capable of making her own decisions, which she touched on in 2003 when chatting with SF Weekly about her campaign for San Francisco attorney general. “His career is over; I will be alive and kicking for the next 40 years,” she said. “I do not owe him a thing.”

And although Brown continues to talk about Harris for one reason or another, she has seemingly moved on. Quite possibly into the White House.

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