Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris (CA) recently announced that she will be running for her party’s presidential nomination in 2020 — and it has been made immediately clear that she is the establishment media’s favorite candidate to emerge thus far.
However, there are persistent questions from both the right and left about how Harris got where she is now politically, and she’s faced scrutiny for her history of being a hard-nosed prosecutor that rigorously upheld the law, even against minor infractions — and even when they were committed by her ex-boyfriend, Willie Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco.
In his weekly column for the San Francisco Chronicle, Brown admitted to being involved in an affair with the now-senator, but said it didn’t stop her from threatening to indict him if he “so much as jaywalked.”
Confessions from a former mayor
No doubt in reference to the swirling rumors about Harris’ past, Brown titled a section of his column the “elephant in the room,” and made a couple of rather shocking confessions.
The first? That he was romantically involved with Harris in the 1990s, a relationship that he admits benefitted her career.
“Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago,” he wrote. “Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.”
Brown served as speaker of California’s State Assembly for 15 years prior to serving as mayor of San Francisco.
“And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco,” Brown admitted, even as he attempted to downplay that influential assistance “I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians.”
But that didn’t earn him the goodwill of Harris, Brown said.
“The difference is that Harris is the only one who, after I helped her, sent word that I would be indicted if I ‘so much as jaywalked’ while she was D.A.,” he wrote. “That’s politics for ya.”
Brown went on to say that while he supports Harris, he wonders whether the roaring online “buzz” and positive media coverage for her will translate into actual support from voters.
The dirty details
According to a report from the Washington Free Beacon, Harris and Brown briefly dated during the mid-1990s — when Brown was speaker of the California Assembly and Harris worked in the Alameda County District Attorney’s office — and broke off the relationship in December 1995.
During that time, Harris was appointed to both the California Medical Assistance Commission and the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, positions wherein Harris reportedly earned upwards of $400,000 in just a few years.
Brown is also alleged to have helped Harris ascend to the role of San Francisco District Attorney, where she earned her reputation of being exceedingly tough on crime — so much so that some on the left are angry that she prosecuted and sent to prison too many young minority men, and apparently threatened indictments against those who helped her get to where she was.
Will she be able to win liberals over ahead of 2020? Only time will tell.