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Politics Newspaper editorial board run by former Harris aide endorses Bass for VP

16:33  31 july  2020
16:33  31 july  2020 Source:   politico.com

'Building bridges': How Bass became a leading VP contender

  'Building bridges': How Bass became a leading VP contender SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's leaders were deadlocked and on the verge of financial catastrophe in 2008. Five negotiators, including Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, couldn't agree on a budget that would guide the nation's most populous state through the Great Recession. Enter Karen Bass, who became Assembly speaker that May, the first Black woman to hold the role. She shifted the tone of the talks, helping the group find common ground.“When Karen came into the Big 5, everything changed," said Mike Villines, then the Republican Assembly leader. “We started to make little progress on little things, and it led to bigger progress.

The Sacramento Bee published an unsigned editorial Friday urging Joe Biden to pick Karen Bass over Kamala Harris for vice president.

Karen Bass wearing glasses: Rep. Karen Bass. © Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP Rep. Karen Bass.

In the endorsement, which includes an interview with Bass, the Bee makes a sharp contrast between her and Harris, the California senator who's viewed as the frontrunner for the No. 2 post. Specifically, it points to problems in Harris’ office when she was state attorney general, and contends that President Donald Trump would target those issues and her history on criminal justice reform and policing if she’s selected.

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“If Biden chooses a California VP, he likely won’t pick Karen Bass,” the board writes. “Clearly, however, the community activist whose passion for service led others to draft her into electoral politics is the better choice.”

The Bee editorial board is run by a former top Harris aide in California, Gil Duran. He worked for Harris and several other prominent California politicians, including Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein and Antonio Villaraigosa, before returning to journalism. The board under Duran has written critically about Harris before.

The editorial comes after several politicians, former elected officials and donors gave glowing reviews of Bass to the Biden campaign and offered more mixed assessments of Harris. Some, including labor leader and civil rights icon Dolores Huerta, who backed Harris for president and Senate, made their endorsements of Bass public.

2020 Election: Top Biden VP contenders face sexist tropes, intense scrutiny in final stretch

  2020 Election: Top Biden VP contenders face sexist tropes, intense scrutiny in final stretch Joe Biden's decision on his vice presidential running mate is drawing closer by the day, and the tensions over his pick spilled into public view this past week, as the women who are his top contenders navigate sexist tropes about their ambition and intense scrutiny of their pasts.For many months as Biden considered nearly a dozen women for the ticket, California Sen. Kamala Harris seemed like the most natural fit because of her resume, her visibility supporting the Black Lives Matter protests, and her championing of legislation to curb police brutality.

Dozens of leaders say they’ve shared their feelings with former Sen. Chris Dodd, who is helping Biden vet the contenders, and who himself has privately questioned whether Harris would be a good fit for the ticket.

The Bee argues that Biden should be concerned about gender harassment claims against a former Harris aide, Larry Wallace, that her office settled for $400,000 while denying wrongdoing. Harris has said she was unaware of the allegations against Wallace.

In the Bee, Bass addressed criticism of her remarks about Fidel Castro that were seen as overly respectful and her flirtation with an island she traveled to in the 70s to help build houses. “I was a young radical,” Bass said. “Those young people that are out saying ‘defund the police’? That was me.” Bass has said she opposes the current call to eliminate funding for law enforcement.

Bass did not mention Harris during her interview, but she provided what the newspaper described as a clear comparison between her community work and Harris’ career in law enforcement as a prosecutor. Bass said as VP, she would emulate Biden when he served in the role under President Barack Obama. She added that both the president and vice president should be “healers” to repair the nation’s divisions.

Joe Biden's vice presidential contender Rep. Karen Bass defended a resurfaced video in which she praises the Church of Scientology

  Joe Biden's vice presidential contender Rep. Karen Bass defended a resurfaced video in which she praises the Church of Scientology Bass said she was trying to find an "area of agreement" with the Church of Scientology during a speech she gave in 2010.In a statement posted on Twitter on Saturday, Bass said she was trying to find an "area of agreement" with the Church of Scientology in a 2010 speech she made while attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new Scientology building in Los Angeles.

“I feel like my experiences in my life, although nontraditional for anybody that’s in a position like this, have helped me prepare for much bigger levels of responsibility,” Bass told the board.


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California paper urges Biden to pick Karen Bass over Kamala Harris for running mate .
The biggest newspaper in California’s capital city is urging Joe Biden to choose Rep. Karen Bass of California as his running mate instead of the other Golden State politician who’s being seriously considered – Sen. Kamala Harris. © Provided by FOX News Rep. Karen Bass, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, delivers remarks on removing confederate statues. “If Biden chooses a California VP, he likely won’t pick Karen Bass,” the Sacramento Bee editorial board wrote. “Clearly, however, the community activist whose passion for service led others to draft her into electoral politics is the better choice.

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