“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.