Kamala Devi Harris was born to Donald Harris, her Jamaican born father and Shyamala Gopalan, her Tamil Braham mother from India. Her father is a Marxist economist who taught at Stanford University.
Her parents divorced when Kamala was five years old. Kamala was greatly influenced in her world views by her maternal grandfather, T.V. Gopalan. Ms. Harris attended Howard University and later obtained a law degree from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco.
In 1994, Ms. Harris met Willie Brown whom many considered as the second most powerful man in California politics. Brown was married and sixty years old when he and Kamala started dating. Harris was twenty-nine at the time. Willie Brown was the Speaker of the California State Assembly and he also ran a law practice on the side. Brown accepted money from lobbyists and industrialists who very often seemed to get favorable treatment in Sacramento. Brown was frequently investigated by the state Bar of California, the Fair Political Practices Commission, and the FBI. He was never convicted by a Court of Law for any criminal activity.
Brown retired from politics in 2004 and purchased a $ 1.8 million condo. Brown was married in 1958 and was still married during his relationship with Kamala Harris. Until his retirement, Brown helped Kamala Harris with her career and put a lot of money in her accounts by appointing her to state commissions that paid huge salaries and did not require legislative approval. Brown also bought Kamala a new BMW.
Most people believe that the most valuable thing that Brown gave Kamala was total access to his vast network of huge money donors and political supporters. Brown never divorced his wife, but his relationship with Kamala finally ended. Brown and Kamala remained very close friends.
With Brown’s influence, Kamala Harris was hired to work in the district attorney’s office of Terence Hallinan. However, Kamala wanted more, much more. Harris challenged Hallinan for public office in 2003. With help from Willie Brown, Ms. Harris came in second in a three way race. Kamala Harris won the runoff race in January, 2004, and was sworn in as the San Francisco District Attorney.
But Kamala Harris wanted more. In 2010, Harris sought election to the Office of Attorney General of California. Harris won that election. Harris met Douglas Emhoff and they were married in 2014.
Ms. Harris was often criticized by her opponents for selective enforcement of State Law. Harris became a political ally of Governor Jerry Brown. Jerry Brown’s sister, Kathleen, joined the board of Sempra Energy. In 2015 and 2016, Sempra Energy suffered the biggest methane gas leak from a well blowout in U.S. history. Many believed that Sempra should have been held criminally liable for the situation. Yet, Kamala Harris, as Attorney General, refused to even investigate the matter.
Today, Ms. Harris is the Democrat nominee for Vice President of the U.S. The election is on November 3, 2020.
R. Van Conoley
Editor’s Note 1) Harris supported Barack Obama when Obama ran for the Senate in Illinois in 2004. After Obama was elected, Obama flew to San Francisco to raise money for Ms. Harris. When Obama announced his plans to run for President in 2007, Kamala Harris was by his side. Harris is often referred to as the ” female Obama ” by progressives.
Editor’s Note 2) Depending upon your views, Obama was trained in political action or political corruption by the notoriously corrupt Richard J. Daley Machine of Chicago. Depending on your political views, Kamala Harris was trained for political action or political corruption by the notorious Willie Brown.
Editor’s Note 3) Depending upon your perspective, some people believe that Former Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and Willie Brown will be watching the 2020 election from either Heaven or Hell.