Sen Kamala Harris hasn’t spent a single year on Capitol Hill yet and already has set her sights on loftier goals — the White House.
Top party donors viewed the California Democrat as a sorely needed infusion of new blood as she mingled with guests at a Bridgehampton event last weekend, where one bundler said she’s “thinking much bigger” than her current Senate seat, according to The Hill.
“She’s running for president,” a fundraiser at the event said. “Take it to the bank. She’s absolutely going to run.”
In a party steeped in old white people, Harris, an African-American who was formerly the California attorney general, is seen as both a fresh face and a presidential contender for 2020.
“There’s a big hunger out there for somebody new and different,” said Bill Carrick, a Democratic consultant and adviser to a Harris in last year’s senatorial race.
“People are looking for champions. … She’s in that category. There are people who might not know her real well but want to like her. What little they know, they like.”
The Hill reported:
Since November, Harris has become one of her party’s biggest draws: She has raised upwards of $600,000 for Senate candidates in recent months, and she recently raised $227,000 in an email for MoveOn.Org, according to sources close to Harris.
Her fans see her as an antidote to Donald Trump and as a candidate who could feed off the so-called resistance to the Republican president.
“Kamala has come to embody what’s next for our party,” said Ben LaBolt, a Democratic strategist and former spokesman for former President Barack Obama.
“She comes to Congress with immense credentials — a law enforcement official with a smart approach to taking on bad actors and protecting consumers. And she’s already broken through as bringing a unique voice in the Senate that is both substantive and relatable — which is hard to do your freshman year.”
But that voice has also raised the hackles of Republicans. Harris has been chastised got her aggressive, staccato style of questioning witnesses at Senate hearings — a practice honed by her years as a prosecuting attorney.
She seemed to give a hint of a White House run on the night she was elected when she addressed supporters at the Exchange club in downtown Los Angeles.
“Our ideals are at stake right now, and we all have to fight for who we are,” she said, and then made mention of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.
“I believe this is that moment in time for our country, where we are collectively being required to look in the mirror, and with furrowed brow, we are asking a question: ‘Who are we?’ In California, I believe the answer is a good one. We are a great country.”
Fellow Democrats have accused the GOP of engaging in racism and sexism for admonishing Harris’s aggressive manner at Senate hearings — to the point of beginning a new question before a witness has finished answering the previous one.
Fox New host Martha MacCallum had four words in answer to this charge: “Give me a break!”
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