(PoliticalLookout.com)- Senator Kamala Harris is apparently one of the finalists to serve as presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate.
But one former politician believes if Harris is offered the job, she should “politely decline.”
Willie Brown, the former mayor of San Francisco, wrote on op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle this weekend that said Harris should shoot for a different position instead — attorney general.
The op-ed read:
“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 — asking to be considered as attorney general in a Biden administration would be more like it.
“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 has admitted that he dated Harris early on in her political career. So, he obviously still has a special place for her.
Should Biden be successful in defeating President Donald Trump in November, “the Democrats will be moving into the White House in the middle of a pandemic and economic recession. 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. 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.”
Harris is a former prosecutor and was once a presidential candidate herself. Her former record as a prosecutor has brought her legitimacy as a vice presidential candidate into question, as has the fact that she attacked Biden during the primaries.
People who are against Biden selecting Harris as his running mate have also said she is too ambitious and therefore wouldn’t be a good fit as his right-hand woman. Harris would be campaigning to become president one day from the very start of Biden’s administration, they have warned, instead of being a good complementary piece.
Still, speculation that Harris would be Biden’s choice has increased recently following a camera catching Biden holding notes at a news conference that praised Harris.
Despite the recognition that vice president would bring Harris, Brown believes the position of attorney general is a much better fit for her — both now and for her long-term political aspirations.
“Just showing up and being halfway sane will make the new AG a hero,” he wrote, as he criticized “the department’s current disarray under William Barr.
“Best of all, 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.”