People need to understand what it meant to Kamala Harris’ career to date and campaign with Willie Brown, to be introduced by him, and to be his political appointee. It is fair to say that he created her political career. Willie Brown led what appears to be one of the most powerful political machines to ever exist – maybe the most powerful since it was in California, and spread its tentacles to Washington DC. His acolyte-minions are still in power, and include the Governor of California, the Mayor of San Francisco and Kamala Iyer Harris. He led, yes, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he was the real ruler. Pelosi represents San Francisco and owes her career in part to Brown, but more importantly to her father, a Baltimore Machine politician. They provided training and opened doors.
Excerpts from: Richardson, James (1996)
“EPILOGUE: DA MAYOR” (excerpts)
“On the eve of Brown’s formal announcement of running for mayor, in June, Reilly and Brown bumped into each other at the North Beach Restaurant on Stockton Street, long a regular haunt of Reilly’s. It was almost as if Brown planned it as a declaration of war on the eve of battle, although he denied any such intention. Brown, looking very casual, took a table near the entrance with girlfriend Kamala Harris…”
“That night, December 12, 1995, Willie Brown was elected the forty-first mayor of San Francisco.Beaming broadly beside him on stage, Brown’s girlfriend, Kamala Harris, kissed him and gave him a blue cap emblazoned with “Da Mayor.” …
“Sitting around a huge table that night was Brown’s personal and political family: his girlfriend, Kamala Harris, his sisters and brother, John Burton and Michael Roos, and others…
Columnist Herb Caen all but predicted two days after the election that Brown would wed Kamala Harris, his constant companion throughout the campaign. “Keep an eye on these two,” Caen wrote. No mention was made of what Brown would do about Blanche, to whom he was still married.
But the day after Christmas, Brown stunned his friends by announcing that he was breaking up with Kamala. Brown invited Blanche to appear with him on stage for his swearing-in and to hold the Bible. A television reporter from KPIX caught up to Blanche, who had kept a low profile throughout the campaign, and asked her what it was like to live with the future mayor. “Difficult” was her one-word answer.”
Excerpts from: Richardson, James. “Willie Brown: A Biography“. Berkeley: University of California Press, c1996 1996. http://ark.cdlib.org/ark:/13030/ft0m3nb07q/ Emphasis our own. (Probably worth buying a copy for the record to better understand his minions)
“Walters: Willie Brown sees his proteges rising to the top.
Willie Brown has helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and many others“. https://web.archive.org/web/20200817135510/https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/01/31/walters-willie-brown-sees-his-proteges-rising-to-the-top/
“How eight elite San Francisco families funded Gavin Newsom’s political ascent” https://web.archive.org/web/20200816233948/https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-pol-ca-gavin-newsom-san-francisco-money/
They forgot her years in Westmount, which was an elite, Anglo, Montreal suburb still in the 70s, home to the Bronfmans and Molsons, while her mother worked at the Jewish hospital and taught at McGill. The demographics of Montreal were very different from today.
“How San Francisco’s Wealthiest Families Launched Kamala Harris: At splashy weddings, charity balls and all the right restaurants, she hobnobbed with San Francisco’s moneyed elite—and made lasting allies who backed her at every stage of her political career“. By MICHAEL KRUSE August 09, 2019 https://web.archive.org/web/20200817213826/https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/08/09/kamala-harris-2020-president-profile-san-francisco-elite-227611
San Francisco’s African American population has declined as its Asian and immigrant population has grown:
“1996 Willie L. Brown, Jr. Inauguration” by Belva Davis