The Former Mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown, is reportedly urging Sen. Kamala Harris to “politely decline” a spot on Joe Biden’s ticket if the 2020 presumptive Democratic nominee chooses her as his running mate.
Brown, who has been very open about the fact that he and Harris endured a extramarital relationship in the past, suggested that Harris should instead lobby the Biden administration for the role of attorney general.
The suggestion was released in an op-ed headlined “Brown: Kamala Harris should say no to vice presidency” published by the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday.
“Harris is a tested and proven campaigner who will work her backside off to get Biden elected,” Brown, 86, wrote. “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 continues that, “Historically, the vice presidency has often ended up being a dead end. For every George H.W. Bush, who ascended from the job to the presidency, there’s an Al Gore, who never got there.”
Brown dated Harris early in her political career, meaning that his opinion may hold some weight in Harris’ decision making process.
If Biden wins in November, “the Democrats will be moving into the White House in the middle of a pandemic and economic recession,” Brown wrote. “The next few years promise to be a very bumpy ride. Barack Obama and the Democrats saved the nation from economic collapse when he took office, and their reward was a blowout loss in the 2010 midterm elections.”
“On the other hand, the attorney general has legitimate power,” he argued. “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.”
While Harris has long been considered a top pick for the vice presidency, her shady record as a prosecutor and her contentious debate exchanges with the former vice president during the primary can be seen as liabilities.
Clueless Joe Biden, however, exposed his notes last week during a press conference revealing that the pick may in fact be Kamala Harris.
The senator’s name was followed by five talking points: “Do not hold grudges.” “Campaigned with me & Jill.” “Talented.” “Great help to campaign.” “Great respect for her.”
Brown said that as attorney general, “just showing up and being halfway sane will make the new AG a hero,” taking questionable shots at the current highly effective AG “the department’s current disarray under William Barr.”
Should Harris decline the VP spot, that would spell disaster for a struggling Biden campaign as their backup choice, Rep. Karen Bass, has been exposed as having questionable links to communist Cuba which could decimate their chances with the moderate Democrat voter.
“Best of all,” Brown continued, “being attorney general would give Harris enough distance from the White House to still be a viable candidate for the top slot in 2024 or 2028, no matter what the state of the nation,” implying that a Democratic presidency could spell disaster for an already fragile country.