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So What If I Dated Kamala Harris and Gave Her State Jobs, Says Former SF Mayor Willie Brown

So What If I Dated Kamala Harris and Gave Her State Jobs, Says Former SF Mayor Willie Brown

“That’s politics for ya.”

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown responded to allegations that his past intimate relationship with Sen. Kamala Harris “influenced” his decision to promote her career back when he had served in the California State Assembly.

His response: Yes, it did. “So what?”

In a succinct shrug of a piece for the San Francisco Chronicle, Brown confirmed he had relations with the then-attorney, as well as the fact that it may have affected his decision to appoint her to a state board.

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“Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker… And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco,” Brown wrote on Sunday.

Brown dismissed the accusation of wrongdoing by noting that his favor did not extend only to Harris. “I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians,” he wrote. “The difference is that Harris is the only one who, after I helped her, sent word that I would be indicted if I ‘so much as jaywalked’ while she was DA.”

One may dispute whether that was indeed “the difference.” Brown concluded that all this smut is ultimately to be expected. “That’s politics for ya,” he mused.

Brown appointed Harris in 1992 to the California Medical Assistance Commission, a position that paid $72,000, according to a Los Angeles Times report from the time, which had been resurfaced by Breitbart recently.
Brown’s admission came out on the same day as Harris’ formal announcement that she’ll be running for president in 2020. Though Harris is hoping to paint herself as the fierce face of the new left (AOC-cool and conservative ball-busting), her record as a “progressive prosecutor” (an epithet she gave herself) has been put to question recently. For Democrats on the prowl for anyone who might challenge President Donald Trump, Harris represents an insider candidate trying laboriously to fit herself into an anti-establishment moment. But as Brown wrote to sum up why promoting a girlfriend at taxpayer expense is no big deal, “That’s politics for ya.”
Cover image: Democratic Sen. Kamala of California listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, DC, on Sept. 27, 2018. (Getty Images)



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