Sen. Kamala Harris from California has recently announced her bid to run for president in 2020. However in doing so she’s brought her past into the spotlight, a past that doesn’t lend itself to her new ambitions.
The issue is that Harris once had a relationship with then-mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown. Because having your boyfriend get you a job doesn’t qualify you for the position.
While an old story, Brown recently reignited interest in in it after he wrote to the San Francisco Chronicle, detailing his support for Harris.
“Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago,” wrote Brown, who claimed to have “been peppered with calls from the national media about my ‘relationship’ with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president.”
You see, Brown was Assembly speaker from 1980 to 1995. He was married at the time but stated that he had been “estranged from his wife” since roughly 1981. This is apparently what led to him courting Harris, when he was 60 and she just 29.
It appears that this turned out to be very fortunate for Harris, with Brown admitting, “Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.”
Harris of course, denies that this has any relevancy to her current candidacy and indicated that Brown was an “albatross hanging around my neck.”
She has constantly tried to distance herself from Brown as she aspires to ever higher positions. In an ice cold remark she stated that, “His [Brown’s] career is over; I will be alive and kicking for the next 40 years. I do not owe him a thing.”