WASHINGTON – With Eric Holder’s official announcement that he is resigning as U.S. Attorney General Thursday, could California Attorney General, Kamala Harris be his successor?
Harris, a 49-year-old native of Oakland, has reportedly stated that she is not interested in succeeding Holder as U.S. Attorney General, is running for re-election on the West Coast.
One of the rumored top two candidates along with current U.S. Solicitor General, Donald Verrilli, Harris’ other rivals for the soon-to-be vacated AG post are reportedly Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick and former White House counsel—and principle associate deputy attorney general, Kathryn Ruemmler.
The daughter of an Indian breast cancer specialist, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan and a Jamaican-American economics professor, Donala Harris, Harris is the first-ever African/Asian-American to be attorney general of California, and pending confirmation through a possibly Republican-controlled Senate, the first minority—and second female—after Janet Reno to be named U.S. attorney general.
First elected District Attorney of San Francisco in 2003 after defeating incumbent district attorney, Terence Hallinan, Harris received the Democratic nomination for California Attorney General and defeated Los Angeles County District Attorney, Steve Cooley in 2010 by more than 55,000 votes.
Due to her current pro-gun control, anti-death penalty and pro-immigration stances, Harris would logically be the best fit for the Obama administration to tab as Holder’s successor. Harris would also solidify the minority and woman vote for Democrats in 2016, in selecting a member of their key voting demographics.
While she may not be interested right now, as with all things in politics, things change on a whim in Washington, and considering how their ideologies align, Harris and the Obama administration would be great for each other.
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