“We absolutely cannot go backwards” Pressley says Newsom must appoint a Black woman to replace Harris’ seat

In a Tuesday tweet, progressive “squad” member Ayanna Pressley said California Governor 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!”

Currently, the betting market of PredictIt gives Alex Padilla the highest odds of being chosen by Newsom.