Seen by many Democrats as a rising star and a possible nominee for the Dems in the 2020 presidential election, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has yet to win over progressive leaders, such as Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
“She just got here,” said Feinstein of the freshman senator. “What she should do is concentrate on being a good, and possibly a great, United States Senator. The rest will either happen or not happen.”
Nurses union leader RoseAnn DeMuro, a supporter of Bernie Sanders during the last election, doesn’t think much of Harris. “She’s not on our radar,” DeMuro told the New York Times when they asked her about Harris as a potential pick for the presidency. “She’s one of the people the Democratic Party is putting up.” DeMuro is the director of National Nurses United and also heads the California Nurses Association.
Harris made a name for herself while questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a June Senate hearing. After she was interrupted by Sens. Richard Burr and John McCain for her not letting the witnesses fully answer the question, she cried “sexism,” and became the Democratic poster child for the hardships of being a black woman in government.
“The women of the United States Senate will not be silenced when seeking the truth,” she tweeted, adding the words, “Fight back” and a link to the tweet to a fundraising website for victims of sexism.
Harris has been speaking across the country, drumming up financial support for her colleagues, which could signal a move towards taking a national role as she sniffs out support for her own potential run. And if money talks, it says that she’s a lucrative prospect after having raised more than $600,000 this year on behalf of a Democratic Senate fund, according to the report.
Repeatedly stating that Democratic Senators can’t “afford to be purists,” Harris is keeping her distance from far-left positions, which could give her an edge in the Senate’s 2018 midterms over leftist kooks like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.
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