Newly-elected Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who has known and worked alongside Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) for years, has voiced serious doubts about whether Harris will be capable of working in a bipartisan fashion with Senate Republicans as vice president, Fox News reported.
Issa returned to Capitol Hill following two years out of public office after he had declined to run for reelection in 2018 for his seat representing the 49th District in California.
He left to take a position in President Donald Trump’s administration, only to be filibustered and blocked by Senate Democrats — including Harris — and relegated to private life.
The newly-elected former congressman moved to the neighboring 50th District and ran for office again, and is now ready to resume his duties as a member of Congress.
Harris will not be a bridge-builder
With regard to Harris as the potential vice president and serving as the legislative liaison between the Senate and a Biden administration, Issa told Fox News, “She has no track record of effective legislation.”
“I don’t see her as being a bridge. President Biden will have to be his own bridge,” the congressman continued. “I don’t see the vice president as having those skills or desire. I think she’s running for president within his doors from day one. It’d be nice to be wrong, but I don’t think so.”
“She didn’t work with anyone when she got here,” Issa added, contrasting her sharp partisanship with that of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), with whom he had a good working relationship. “Name a bipartisan bill she did with a Republican.”
Terrible record as senator
According to GovTrack‘s legislative report card for Harris for 2019, she was named the farthest left ideologically of all members of the Senate and had joined bipartisan bills the least often of all Senate Democrats, only 15% of all 471 bills that she sponsored or co-sponsored.
Nor was she productive within her own ideological bubble. Although Harris had introduced the second most number of bills, 54 total, only three of those bills made it out of committee and only one was actually signed into law.
Of the 54 bills Harris introduced, she only managed to get a bipartisan co-sponsorship on eight of them, the third-fewest percentage-wise of all Senate Democrats.
Also substantial in Harris’ record was her absenteeism for cast votes in the Senate, which is only partially excused by her failed bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2019. Out of 428 total votes in the Senate chamber, Harris missed 265 of them, about 62%, for the third-worst ranking among all senators in terms of attendance.
As Issa asserted, and as is backed up by GovTrack’s report card, Harris was an exceptionally partisan senator and there is nothing to suggest that she would be any better as vice president.