Citing their long friendship and shared experiences in white elite San Francisco and Sacramento, Sen. Kamala Harris has endorsed Gavin Newsom in the governor’s race.
“Gavin and I have been friends for a very long time. We were friends before either of us held elected office,” Harris told Newsom supporters at the University of Southern California. “All of those experiences together lead me to today endorse him to be the next governor.”
Harris cited Newsom’s work as an early advocate of same-sex marriage and universal healthcare as reasons for her decision.
“At this moment in time particularly, California leadership is about national leadership,” she said. “What we do here is a role model of what can be done around the country to reject false choices, to stand on principle and to have the courage to do the right thing always.”
The Los Angeles Times reports that Harris is the most prominent elected official to weigh in on the governor’s race, and her announcement comes a week before California Democrats gather at their annual convention and decide whether to make an official endorsement in the contest.
White elites in California love Newsom. However they’re worried because Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles, and a Mexican, are in a virtual tie in the polls.