Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown advised Senator Kamala Harris to “politely decline” if Joe Biden made her an offer to be his presidential candidate.
The former mayor wrote in an opinion piece for The Chronicle of San Francisco that the vice-presidency is a “dead end” and “not the job it should be doing”.
“Historically, the vice-presidency has often ended up being a dead end. For every George HW Bush, who rose from the post to the presidency, there is an Al Gore, who never arrived, ”he wrote on Saturday.
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Mr Brown recommended that Sen Harris apply for the post of attorney general instead, saying the post had “legitimate power.”
“From the top of the Justice Department, the boss can make a real mark on everything from police reform to racial justice to prosecution of corporate mischief,” he wrote.
“And the attorney general appoints all the US prosecutors in the country. It is power. ”
Mr. Brown, who served as mayor of San Francisco from 1996 to 2004, previously appointed Sen Harris to positions on the Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board and the California Medical Assistance Commission.
The politician has spoken publicly about his previous relationship with Sen Harris, noting that they briefly met over 20 years ago at the start of his political career.
Sen Harris is said to be one of Mr Biden’s top runners-up for Mr Biden in the final days before his move, following Mr Biden’s pledge in his campaign to make a woman his choice of vice -president.
Mr Brown went on in his editorial to warn Sen Harris against accepting the position on the grounds that the administration would face a difficult end amid a pandemic and economic recession.
“The next few years promise to be very bumpy. Barack Obama and the Democrats saved the nation from economic collapse when he took office, and their reward was a resounding loss in the 2010 midterm elections, ”he said.
He also hinted that the senator should plan for a future presidential election and that “being attorney general would give Sen Harris enough distance from the White House to still be a viable candidate for the top spot in 2024 or 2028, regardless state of the nation. “