DAILYKENN.com -- Kamala Harris owes her political success to Willie Brown.
That's according to Brown.
He is the former mayor of San Francisco and Speaker of the California State Assembly, a position he held for an unprecedented 14 years. He is known for his panache and histrionics.
She is a U.S. Senator and 2020 presidential candidate.
Brown, 84, is arguably the most powerful person in California politics. He credits himself with fueling Kamala Harris' political career, noting the two dated 20 years ago.
Born and raised in a segregated Texas town in the 1930s, an era when traditional family life was unknown in black communities. “I didn’t know any kid in the city that had a father who lived with him. It wasn’t thought of as being deprived,” he said.
Brown's parents never married.
He shined shoes as a boy, attended a high school for colored boys, worked his way through college as a janitor, became a lawyer, millionaire, and politician. His life is evidence that white privilege is a bogus concept, white racism is a myth, and that adversity was no match for intelligent blacks who are privileged to live in the USA.
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Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown addressed his past extramarital relationship with U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris in his weekly column Saturday, saying he may have boosted the presidential hopeful's career.
"Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago," Brown wrote in the San Francisco Chronicle.
"Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was [California] Assembly speaker. And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco."
Brown, 84, pointed out that he also helped the careers of other prominent California Democrats, such as U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
"The difference is that Harris is the only one who, after I helped her, sent word that I would be indicted if I 'so much as jaywalked' while she was D.A.,” Brown wrote. "That's politics for ya."
Brown appointed Harris -- about 30 years younger than Brown and just a few years out of law school – to two well-paid state commission assignments on the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the California Medical Assistance Commission, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
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