We’ll know in a week if she and her husband are moving to Washington in January….
It will be up to California Governor Newsom to name her replacement …..
California political icon John Burton emailed Gov. Gavin Newsom soon after Sen. Kamala Harris vaulted to the party’s presidential ticket. The colorful former Democratic congressman and state legislative leader nodded toward what looms as the biggest appointment of Newsom’s career — replacing Harris for possibly decades in the Senate.
“And I do not want the job,” joked the 87-year-old Burton.
“Well, you’re the only one,” Newsom shot back.
A week before the election — and potentially weeks before the outcome is known — California Democrats are elbowing each other for the chance to sway Newsom on how to fill the state’s junior senator seat should Joe Biden and Harris (D-Calif.) head to the White House.
At least a dozen California Democrats are seriously in the mix, and their supporters, donors and staffers are jostling behind the scenes to make their case. In this deep-blue state, where no Republican has won statewide in 14 years, a Senate seat could be the closest it gets to a lifetime appointment.
When a Senate seat goes vacant in California, the governor can appoint a replacement without calling a special election, and Newsom’s pick would serve the remaining two years on Harris’ term before facing the voters with the huge advantage of incumbency. The governor does have the ability to name a caretaker and call a special election, but sources do not expect him to go that route….