One of Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris’ most prominent ex-lovers wants her to drop out of the running to be Joe Biden’s vice president.
According to Fox News, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown urged the California lawmaker to call her VP run quits in an op-ed published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday.
Harris, for her part, has been pegged by many as the go-to choice for Biden, who is said to be looking for a woman of color to serve as his running mate. But Brown says Harris should turn down the role and instead lobby to be Biden’s attorney general.
More power as AG
According to Fox, Brown argues in his op-ed that “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,” he contended.
“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,” Brown wrote. “But the glory would be short-lived, and historically, the vice presidency has often ended up being a dead end.”
Brown went on: “Basically, no one takes the vice president seriously after election day. Just ask Mike Pence.”
According to the former mayor — who made headlines during Harris’ presidential primary bid over what Fox called his “past extramarital relationship” with the now-senator — Harris’ “talents” would fit better in the office currently held by Bill Barr.
“From atop the Justice Department, the boss can make a real mark on everything from police reform to racial justice to prosecuting corporate misdeeds. And the attorney general gets to name every U.S. attorney in the country. That’s power,” he said.
Lean pickings for Biden
If Harris were to drop out of the running, it would certainly shake-up the race for Biden’s running mate. Most of those remaining on the former VP’s shortlist are women of color, the Los Angeles Times notes, and Biden has already promised to choose a woman to run alongside him.
Besides Harris, names that have been mentioned for the job include Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Florida Rep. Val Demings (D), and former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, according to the New York Post.
The problem for Biden is that none of them have the name recognition that Kamala Harris does — although she hasn’t always been a source of good news.
Whoever Biden picks, they’ll need to bring a significant boost to his campaign if he wants to beat President Donald Trump this November. But as time ticks by without a decision from Biden, that possibility seems to be slipping further and further out of reach for Uncle Joe.