San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) said Tuesday that California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNewsom taps Shirley Weber to serve as California secretary of state Newsom picks Padilla for California Senate seat California governor reentering quarantine MORE‘s (D) choice of Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) to fill Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisNewsom taps Shirley Weber to serve as California secretary of state Harris: ‘It is my hope and prayer … to work across party lines’ Newsom picks Padilla for California Senate seat MORE‘s (D) vacant Senate seat is “a real blow to the African American community.”
When asked about her thoughts on Newsom’s pick by an ABC affiliate, Breed said the decision was a surprise.
“This is a real blow to the African American community, to African American women, to women in general,” she said, according to ABC 7 News. “It’s really challenging to put it into words, but it was definitely a surprise.”
Breed said that the open seat in California was another opportunity to bolster Black, female representation in the upper chamber. Harris was the first Black woman to hold a Senate seat for the state.
“And it’s an unfortunate situation as we are trying to move this country forward, and making sure that Black lives truly matter and that African Americans have a seat at the table — especially African American women,” she continued, according to the news outlet. “After what was done in this race on a national level, [it] definitely is unfortunate.”
Breed’s name had circulated as a potential pick to fill the seat, as well as California Democratic Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassNewsom picks Padilla for California Senate seat AOC v. Pelosi: Round 12? Pressley urges Newsom to appoint a Black woman to Harris’s seat MORE and Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeNewsom picks Padilla for California Senate seat Global Gag Rule is just the tip of the iceberg: Why Repealing the Helms Amendment matters Pressley urges Newsom to appoint a Black woman to Harris’s seat MORE, according to ABC 7 News.
Lee thanked those who had supported her potential appointment in a tweet.
Seeing all the words of support means so much to me.
Thank you to all those who lifted me up and supported progressive Black women and women of color in leadership.
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) December 22, 2020
Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyWarren and other senators seek investigation into Trump administration resuming federal executions Congress passes .3T coronavirus relief, government funding deal Ilhan Omar says she won’t get vaccine: ‘People who need it most, should get it’ MORE (D-Mass.) called for Newsom to appoint a Black woman to fill Harris’s seat earlier this month.
We absolutely cannot go backwards. With the election of @KamalaHarris to VP-elect, @CAgovernor must prioritize this leadership, perspective & representation in the vacated U.S. Senate seat & appoint a Black woman. @BLeeForCongress & @KarenBassTweets are seasoned policymakers. https://t.co/0krXlbeh7s
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) December 15, 2020
“We absolutely cannot go backwards. With the election of @KamalaHarris to VP-elect, @CAgovernor must prioritize this leadership, perspective & representation in the vacated U.S. Senate seat & appoint a Black woman,” she wrote on Twitter, mentioning both Lee and Bass.
Newsom is set to appoint Padilla to fill Harris’s seat. He will be the first Latino to represent California in the Senate.