|(December 22, 2020) -- As flashed on LBREPORT.com's Facebook and Twitter channels, CA Gov. Gavin Newsom has chosen CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the US Senate vacancy created by the election of now-Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
"His appointment will make history. But the Alex Padilla I know is far more interested in changing history -- especially for the working men and women of our state and country. I can think of no one better to represent the state of California as our next United States Senator," Governor Newsom said on
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, who actively backed Harris' presidential campaign before switching to back Biden, signaled (in a Dec. 10 letter to the Gateway Council of Governments (first reported by StreetsblogLA that he wouldn't seek another term on the LA County Metropolitan Transpiration Authority governing board. "I really love the work, but I have some other opportunities ahead that I would like to pursue." [Garcia's letter effectively ensured it would fuel speculation of his maneuvering for a possibke positron in the incoming Biden administration or Newsom's Senatorial appointment,]
Prior to and after the election, Garcia was a frequent presence on MSNBC and filled his personal social network channels with near constant cheerleading for Biden-Harris, President-elect Biden didn't choose Garcia for any cabinet level position. Within minutes of Gov. Newsom's announcement of Padilla's appointment to fill the Senate vacancy, Garcia Tweeted: :
"Governor @GavinNewsom has made an excellent and historic choice in @AlexPadilla4CA. Alex will stand up for working people and represent our California values across the country. He has my 100% support in his 2022 re-election. Proud of him and our state. Go Alex!" Garcia Tweeted.
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Padilla is former seven year LA City Councilman elected to the state Senatr in Nov. 2006 prior to his election as Secretary of State in 2014 and re-election in 2018.
Gov. Newsom's choice makes Padilla the first Latino U.S.Senator from California (completing the remainder of Senator Harris' term of office,.) If he chooses to seek Senate re-elecgtion to a full six year term, that'll come in 2022.
In November, CA's Hispanic Caucus BOLD PAC publicly urged Gov, Newsom to appoint Padilla. On December 8, CA's Latino Caucus voted to endorse Padilla for the appointment.
Meanwhile, CA's legislative Black Legislative Caucus urged Newsom to appoint an African-American woman to succeed Harris. In mid-November, they unanimously recommended Newsom to choose either U.S. Congressmembers Karen Bass or Barbara Lee. .Now Vice President-elect Harris was the only Black woman in the U.S. Senate.
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