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 current 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 probably more importantly to her father, a Baltimore Machine politician. They provided training and opened doors.
“Willie Brown meets with Michael Corleone ”
The Godfather III clip link: https://youtu.be/h-fAJRSb2SQ
“Brown’s flamboyant style made him so well known as the consummate politician that when an actor playing a party politician in 1990’s The Godfather Part III did not understand director Francis Ford Coppola’s instruction to model his character after Brown, Coppola fired the actor and hired Brown himself to play the role.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Brown_(politician)
Excerpts from: Richardson, James (1996)
Willie Brown Inc.
“He was the most powerful politician in the Capitol, and arguably in the entire state…
Brown’s flamboyance, however, hid another reality. The bashes were one more method for Brown to spin his web of power, tying other politicians, interests groups, campaign donors, and power brokers to himself. Lobbyists, corporate executives, and union officials paid for everything so that they could don a tuxedo or a formal gown and rub elbows with Brown and his friends…
Those who wrote. checks expected, and got, the attention of the Speaker and a place at the negotiating table when the party was over. Brown got their money and used it to fuel an election machine that kept his friends and allies elected to the Assembly. His friends, in turn, kept him elected Speaker….” 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).
“Chapter 1. Honest Graft and Dishonest Graft
EVERYBODY is talkin’ these days about Tammany men growin’ rich on graft, but nobody thinks of drawin’ the distinction between honest graft and dishonest graft. There’s all the difference in the world between the two. Yes, many of our men have grown rich in politics. I have myself. I’ve made a big fortune out of the game, and I’m gettin’ richer every day, but I’ve not gone in for dishonest graft—blackmailin’ gamblers, saloonkeepers, disorderly people, etc.—and neither has any of the men who have made big fortunes in politics.
There’s an honest graft, and I’m an example of how it works. I might sum up the whole thing by sayin’: “I seen my opportunities and I took ’em.””
Excerpt From “Plunkitt of Tammany Hall: a series of very plain talks on very practical politics, delivered by ex-Senator George Washington Plunkitt, the Tammany philosopher, from his rostrum—the New York County court house bootblack stand; Recorded by William L. Riordon and George Washington Plunkitt” https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2810/2810-h/2810-h.htm
“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”
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 Harri: 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
The Godfather Part III – Trailer