Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown admitted over the weekend to having an extramarital affair with Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), and to using his position of power to boost Harris’s career in politics.
“Brown, who was openly in an extramarital relationship with Harris when he was speaker of the California State Assembly and running for mayor, had avoided commenting on his relationship with Harris since she announced her run for president a week ago,” The Free Beacon reported. “Harris has also managed to avoid addressing the role Brown played in the early stages of her political career.”
Brown made the admission in his weekly column at the San Francisco Chronicle, saying that he has avoided the many calls he has received from national media about the affair.
“Yes, we dated,” Brown said. “It was more than 20 years ago.”
“Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker,” Brown continued. “And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco.”
Brown said that Harris is the only politician that he helped who later told him “that I would be indicted if I ‘so much as jaywalked’ while she was D.A.”
“That’s politics for ya,” Brown added.
The Free Beacon notes that Harris, “who was just a few years out of law school and working at the Alameda County district attorney’s office,” had her career boosted by Brown “to two well-paid posts on California state commissions and later helped her in her first election.”
“Brown, who served as mayor of San Francisco at the time, had told her campaign that it needed to raise $1 million, US News and World Report wrote in a 2017 piece on Harris’s career,” The Business Insider reported. “Brown personally gave $500 toward the campaign, SFWeekly reported in 2003 ahead of the DA election, and helped Harris meet donors and secure donations. After her election, some have scrutinized Brown’s level of involvement in her election.”
Fox News noted that “Brown and Harris broke up in 1995 but remained political allies.”
Brown’s column on the affair came as Harris announced over the weekend that she was running for president in 2020.
Harris has faced recent controversy over the revelation that she was unaware that one of her top aides, when she was Attorney General of California, settled a workplace harassment lawsuit.
The Daily Wire reported that “Harris, who responded by hinting that her office was too big to notice, did not apologize for her lack of leadership over what happened as she appeared to suggest that she was a victim of the whole ordeal,” in a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
Harris instead insisted that it was a “very painful experience” for her.
Harris has also demonized federal law enforcement officials, suggesting that agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are comparable to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).