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Is the “Best Looking” AG an Attractive Supreme Court Candidate?



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I don’t think so.

President Obama got attention yesterday when he referred to California attorney general Kamala Harris as the “best looking attorney general.” Obama isn’t the first politician to take note of Harris’s appearance. As this San Francisco Chronicle article reports, Harris began dating California power broker Willie Brown, then speaker of the state assembly, in 1994 (when she was 29 and he was 60):

During their two-year relationship, he appointed her to well-paying jobs on the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the California Medical Assistance Commission— positions that were no mere sinecures, she said at the time, but required real work.

More detail from this San Francisco Weekly article from 2003:

Aside from handing her an expensive BMW, Brown appointed her to two patronage positions in state government that paid handsomely — more than $400,000 over five years. In 1994, she took a six-month leave of absence from her Alameda County job to join the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. Brown then appointed her to the California Medical Assistance Commission, where she served until 1998, attending two meetings a month for a $99,000 annual salary.

As I’ve noted before, Harris has no judicial experience and offers zero evidence of being an intellectual heavyweight. The fact that she is even being mentioned as a possible Supreme Court candidate is a damning testament to how many on the Left elevate diversity considerations (her father is African-American and her mother is South Asian) at the expense of quality.



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