San Francisco mayor says Harris’s Senate seat replacement is ‘unfortunate’
Mayor London Breed said the US Senate no longer had a black woman in its ranks, a "sad reality".
The appointment of California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the former Senate seat of elected Vice President Kamala Harris will make Padilla the state's first Latino Senator.
His appointment also means that there will be no more black women in the Senate.
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San Francisco Mayor London Breed spoke out against the replacement, calling it a real blow to the African American community and a particularly "unfortunate situation" given the Black Lives Matter demonstrations that swept the nation this summer.
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San Francisco Mayor London Breed. (Photo by Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)
"The sad reality is that [Harris] was the only African American woman in the Senate at the time," Breed said during a virtual press conference, according to Newsweek.
“And when you think about the history of this country and the challenges that exist for African Americans, especially African American women in the Senate, it is definitely a blow to the African American community, to African American women, to women in general.
"It is really difficult to put into words, but it was definitely a surprise," the mayor continued. “And it is an unfortunate situation as we try to move this country forward and make sure that black lives really matter and that African Americans have a place at the table after what has been done in this national race, especially African American Women. Definitely unhappy.
Along with US Representative Karen Bass and US Representative Barbara Lee (both black women), London Breed, the first black woman to be elected mayor of San Francisco, was a potential choice to fill Harris' seat.
Read More: 5 Things You Should Know About San Francisco's New Mayor, London Breed
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris stands up for Georgia Democratic Senate candidates Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff during a drive-in rally at the Bibb Mill Event Center in Columbus on Monday. (Photo by Jessica McGowan / Getty Images)
Mayor Breed said it was "very proud" to see Harris become the first black woman to run on a major party ticket and later the first black woman to be elected vice president of the United States.
London Breed said she viewed Harris' vacant Senate seat as yet another opportunity to "make sure that, even if you are the first, you are not the last" - words Harris often speaks.
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