The former mayor of San Francisco has advised Senator Kamala Harris to reject the role of Vice President if Joe Biden offers it to her.
Writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, Willie Brown said that Senator Harris should instead aim for the role of attorney general.
The former San Francisco mayor said that the role of vice president doesn’t often open the doors to the job of president, but admitted that it would be an achievement if Harris were to become the first woman to ever hold the position.
Writing for the paper, Brown said: ‘True, the vice president does have an advantage the next time the party needs a new nominee, which in Biden’s case could be four years from now.
‘But in the meantime, the vice president has no real power and little chance to accomplish anything independent of the president.’
Brown also pointed out that the position of attorney general holds the power to decide every single US attorney in the country, offering real authority.
He also pointed out that the role of attorney general would give Harris enough distance from the White House to still be a viable candidate for the president’s job in 2024 or 2028 if she chooses to run.
Willie Brown served as mayor in San Francisco between 1996 and 2004 and as Speaker of the California Assembly, he appointed Harris to the state Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the California Medical Assistance Commission.
He also claims to have briefly dated Harris while she was an Alameda County deputy district attorney.
Biden has promised to name a female running mate and Harris is just one of the names reportedly in the running.
Other suggested names include Senators Tammy Duckworth and Elizabeth Warren, Representative Karen Bass, former national security adviser Susan Rice and Gretchen Whitmer the Governor of Michigan.
Biden had originally said that he would announce his running week in the first week of August, but on August 3 he delayed his decision by two weeks.
The delay indicates there is no clear favorite among Biden or his allies to be his running mate.
The former vice president is reportedly going to speak to five or six contenders instead of having the traditional short list of three names.