UPDATE: Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom announced this morning he won’t be running for the Senate in two years. That in all probability increases the likelihood Harris would run.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris has long been considered a rising Democrat on the national scene. Few Democrats, however, expected her to have to make a decision on her future so soon (Harris seen in photo on the right).
As most political junkies know by now, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) announced last week she would be retiring at the end of her term in two years. The names of Harris and Lieutenant Governor and former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom immediately shot to the top of the list as possible replacements.
Harris’ mother is Indian American and her father African American. Complicating matters is that Governor Jerry Brown will be termed out in four years. Up to now, Harris and Newsom have most often been mentioned at candidates for Governor. If elected Governor, Harris would become the first person of color and the first woman to be elected California governor. There’s also the possibility that Senator Dianne Feinstein, 81, will also retire in four years.
Harris and Newsom share many of the same supporters, the same donor base and the same political consultant. Both hail from San Francisco where Harris previously served as District Attorney. Ironically, it was Harris who swore in Newsom as Lieutenant Governor earlier this month.
The two deny a deal is being worked out between the two of them as to their future candidacies.
According to Buzz Feed, both are weighing a run at the Senate in two years.
What factors will weigh in their decisions? You can read about that in Buzz Feed.