Newsom Faces Push From Latino And Black Communities On Harris Senate Replacement
Sometime in the next two months, Governor Gavin Newsom will make one of the most consequential decisions of his political career: choosing a replacement for California Senator Kamala Harris, now the vice president-elect.
His calculation will take into account experience and policy positions, but also who Harris is and what she represents: a barrier-busting Black and Indian woman, a child of immigrant parents and the first female -- and woman of color -- vice president.
Groups from different wings of the Democratic Party are lobbying hard to see her seat filled by someone who will embody a similar step forward in representation at the highest levels of government. The post-Harris vacancy is also sharpening attention on the paucity of diverse voices in Congress.
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