Why Kamala Harris is probably not thrilled with compliment

April 7, 2013

By Chris Reed

kamala_2The instant national chortling Thursday over the fact that President Obama had called California’s Kamala Harris the “best-looking” state attorney general ended up being more about seeing the usual slippery standards on political correctness. Democrats can often get away with little blowback for things that would get Republicans fricaseed, and this was one more example.

But if you are Harris, you probably don’t appreciate the Obama remark because of the likelihood that it will remind people that it was her attractiveness that gave her her initial foothold in state politics.

Harris caught Willie Brown’s eye in her 20s

The first time she ever appears in a Nexis.com search of California news is March 22, 1994, when she was Assembly Speaker Willie Brown’s date at his 60th birthday party. She was 30 years-plus younger. But she didn’t just date Brown. She cashed in from knowing him:

“Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, continuing his rush to hand out patronage jobs while he retains his powerful post, has given high-paying appointments to his former law associate and a former Alameda County prosecutor who is Brown’s frequent companion.

“Brown, exercising his power even as his speakership seems near an end, named attorney Kamala Harris to the California Medical Assistance Commission, a job that pays $72,000 a year.

“Harris, a former deputy district attorney in Alameda County, was described by several people at the Capitol as Brown’s girlfriend. In March, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen called her ‘the Speaker’s new steady.’ Harris declined to be interviewed Monday and Brown’s spokeswoman did not return phone calls.

“Harris accepted the appointment last week after serving six months as Brown’s appointee to the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, which pays $97,088 a year.”

That’s from the Nov. 22, 1994, Los Angeles Times.

Two British newspapers are going where U.S. papers won’t and connecting the 2013 compliment Harris got from America’s most powerful black politician with the 1994 “compliments” she got from California’s most powerful black politiican. Both the London Daily Mail and the London Evening Standard mentioned Harris’ history with Willie Brown, without mentioning he was double her age.

Harris’ personal history is even more exotic than Obama’s.  Her parents are Dr. Shyamala Gopalan, a breast cancer specialist, and Stanford University economics professor Donald Harris, who had Kamala after emigrating to the U.S. from India and Jamaica, respectively.

I’m sure this high-powered couple was just thrilled to see their daughter’s mentor/protege/girlfriend relationship with the aging, married Brown.

Yes, married.

“In September 1958, Brown married Blanche Vitero, with whom he had three children, Susan, Robin, and Michael. He has four grandchildren, Besia, Matea, Mateo, and Lordes, and a step-granddaughter, Tyler. The couple separated in approximately 1976 but remain married. He has a daughter, Sydney Brown, by political fund raiser Carolyn Carpeneti.”

How … continental.


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  1. CalWatchdog
    CalWatchdog Author 7 April, 2013, 18:18

    If a Republican president had said that, he would have been forced to resign by now.

    — John Seiler

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  2. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 7 April, 2013, 21:37

    Libs are the good guys……doomer’s bad guys….everybody knows…..look at the frequent election results.

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  3. Brown delta trout
    Brown delta trout 7 April, 2013, 21:59

    I am surprised the political whores are allowed to make comments like that. What does Michelle think of her husband ogling the CA DA? The prez needs some sexual harassment sensitivity training. Maybe he’s just trying to keep up with Billy C?

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  4. Hondo
    Hondo 8 April, 2013, 09:19

    So Kamala [expletive deleted] her way to the top. I’m shocked, shocked.

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  5. SeeSaww
    SeeSaww 8 April, 2013, 09:39

    Politicians just like all human beings, had personal relationships along the way. No need to bring that up, author–it was 19 years ago–and their business. I have seen KH speak in person and she is a powerful speaker. She is qualified for the position of AG, according to her credentials and according to the fact that the voters elected her. And, she happens to be beautiful in appearance, which has nothing to do with her job performance. The President got carried away–I don’t think it will disqualify him to finish his term. Whatever Michelle thinks about it–it is between them. Hondo, what a S****A** you are!

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    • Notguiltiest
      Notguiltiest 16 July, 2014, 18:07

      It’s a matter of public record, though not loudly trumpeted, that she cheated to win the job as Attorney General. The Saturday papers reported, casually enough, that her campaign “paid a fine” for illegal campaign spending, specifically violating a city-mandated spending cap. It is not questionable if an election in which one side wins after spending more money than is legally allowed is, indeed, a valid election? Though, seeing as how she was now the Attorney General, she evidently elected not to prosecute herself. … Deep, deep, deep pockets. There’s a specifically San Francisco irony in knowingly breaking the law in order to become the city’s top prosecutor.

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  6. Mark
    Mark 8 April, 2013, 11:03

    He’s just pointing out the hypocracy of the left in such circumstances.

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  7. us citizen
    us citizen 8 April, 2013, 11:45

    The point is not whether BO had ooogle eyes over her……..the point is, IF a republican pres had done this……….all hell would have broken out. John is right.

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  8. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 8 April, 2013, 13:00

    See Saw………30 for 30 now?

    No one is seriously “disqualification”. But you’d have to have the sensory perception of Helen Keller not to recognize the s***-storm that would have been unleashed had it been a Republican.

    And as to her qualifications:

    “She is qualified for the position of AG….. according to the fact that the voters elected her.”

    Such ipso facto arguments don’t pull much weight with me, sister.

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  9. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 8 April, 2013, 13:09


    Obama’s juvenile assertion (what else is new?) isn’t even the slam dunk he thinks it is.

    Two words: Pam Bondi.


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  10. us citizen
    us citizen 8 April, 2013, 13:16

    She’s a cutie…..did he flirt with Bondi too?

    Seems like he was flirting with someone else out in public too, cant remember her name though. Bet there are some nice fights behind the scenes. :)

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  11. OneCitizenSpeaking
    OneCitizenSpeaking 8 April, 2013, 14:01

    Partisan politics …
    Blind and Radical Obama Calls Californian Kamala Harris “Best Looking” Attorney General — http://www.onecitizenspeaking.com/2013/04/blind-and-radical-obama-calls-californian-kamala-harris-best-looking-attorney-general.html

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  12. Brown delta trout
    Brown delta trout 8 April, 2013, 14:07

    King Hussein had multiple wives, maybe we are onto something here with Obama’s redefinition of marriage.

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  13. jimmydeeoc
    jimmydeeoc 8 April, 2013, 14:36

    Mind you….I wouldn’t mind if Kamala ate crackers in my sack, to coin an old phrase….but again, it’s not the slam dunk Barry thinks it is. Just sayin’.

    Mebbe Slick Willie was on to something by nominating Janet Reno…..he knew at the outset he’d never be put in that position.

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  14. stolson
    stolson 8 April, 2013, 15:43

    I agree if a Republican Prez said that the phoney media would be on it 24/7.
    I don’t care whether he said it or not, it is the hypocrisy here.
    We will see how well she represents all people in CA.

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  15. Hondo
    Hondo 9 April, 2013, 10:14

    Come to think of it, all the women in Clintons govt were fugly. Hillary knew better. The only cutie was Dee Dee, the spokes person. I’m sure Hillary had a GPS inserted under Dee Dee’s skin somewhere to keep tabs on her.
    Personally, I had real nightmere’s where Janet Reno was the Blair witch. With fur all over her body. That movie really scared me.

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  16. jackseo
    jackseo 4 January, 2014, 02:41


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