San Francisco Mayor London Breed was not a fan of California Governor Newsom’s pick to replace Kamala Harris, calling his pick of Alex Padilla “a real blow to the African-American community.”
Breed said during a press event “definitely, this is a real blow to the African-American community.”
She added “it’s an unfortunate situation as we are trying to move this country forward and making sure that Black lives truly matter and that African-Americans have a seat at the table, especially African-American women, after what was done in this race on a national level, definitely is unfortunate.”
Harris was the only black woman in the Senate and after Newsom’s pick there will be done.
Rep. Karen Bass, who was considered for the role had said “I will tell you that I do believe that there should be an African American woman in the Congress.”
She lamented “When Sen. Harris is sworn in as the vice president, there will be one African American Democrat, one African American Republican, no African American women.”
Last week, prior to Newsom’s pick, progressive “squad” member Ayanna Pressley said Newsom “must prioritize this leadership, perspective & representation in the vacated U.S. Senate seat” and should elect a Black woman to replace Kamala Harris in the Senate.
Pressley then specifically suggested Barbara Lee or Karen Bass, noting they are “seasoned policymakers.”
Pressley was responding to a tweet from the organization “She the people” that stated “Our founder and president, @aimeeallison, joins other orgs as they urge CA Gov. Newsom to appoint a woman of color, specifically a Black woman, to fill VP-elect Harris’ U.S. Senate seat. Women of color need representation at the highest levels of office!”
We absolutely cannot go backwards. With the election of @KamalaHarris to VP-elect, @CAgovernor must prioritize this leadership, perspective & representation in the vacated U.S. Senate seat & appoint a Black woman. @BLeeForCongress & @KarenBassTweets are seasoned policymakers. https://t.co/0krXlbeh7s
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) December 15, 2020