The former mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown, has said that should U.S. Senator Kamala Harris be offered a spot on Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential ticket, she should give the former vice-president a respectful thumbs down.

Harris is the front-runner in a probable three horse race along with Susan Rice, a former national security advisor and Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan.

Biden, nicknamed ‘Beijing-Biden’ by some of America’s more right wing pundits has twice missed deadlines to announce his running mate in recent days.

Writing in a the San Francisco Chronicle at the weekend, Brown, a former lover of Harris, said she should instead push for the role of attorney general should the Democratic candidate win.

“Harris is a tested and proven campaigner who will work her backside off to get Biden elected. That said, the vice presidency is not the job she should go for — asking to be considered as attorney general in a Biden administration would be more like it” Brown wrote, before adding “Historically, the vice presidency has often ended up being a dead end. For every George H.W. Bush, who ascended from the job to the presidency, there’s an Al Gore, who never got there.”

Should the Democratic candidate take the White House “The next few years promise to be a very bumpy ride. Barack Obama and the Democrats saved the nation from economic collapse when he took office, and their reward was a blowout loss in the 2010 midterm elections.” Brown wrote, continuing “On the other hand, the attorney general has legitimate power,” he argued. “From atop the Justice Department, the boss can make a real mark on everything from police reform to racial justice to prosecuting corporate misdeeds. And the attorney general gets to name every U.S. attorney in the country. That’s power.”

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