The California freshman senator spent the week coyly denying rumors about her White House ambitions…
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has had quite the week. After news broke that she would be spending the weekend with some of the Democratic Party’s biggest donors, the junior senator coyly dodged on questions about running for president in 2020.
“She’s running for president. Take it to the bank,” one Democratic fundraiser said to The Hill. “She’s absolutely going to run.”
Former Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt added: “Kamala has come to embody what’s next for our party.”
When asked about her presidential ambitions in May, Harris chose her words carefully.
“I’m not giving that any consideration. I’ve got to stay focused,” she said.
Despite Harris’s artfully-crafted response to the 2020 question, her money is saying something else. In addition to raising money with top Democrat donors in the Hamptons this weekend, Harris is spending big bucks with Revolution Messaging LLC, the same company that helped launch Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to household-name status.
Harris has paid Revolution $400,000 this year alone, according to FEC documents reported on by The Washington Free Beacon.
Perhaps it’s the work of the folks at Revolution Messaging that helped produced headlines for Harris, such as:
“2020 vision? Kamala Harris oversight role gives Democrats a new rising star” – The Guardian, 6/17/17
“Trump hearings launch Kamala Harris,” – Politico, 6/9/17
“President Kamala Harris? She’s making the first moves.” – McClatchy, 5/9/17
“Sen. Kamala Harris touts first big bill as Dems ponder 2020” – Sacramento Bee, 7/20/17
“A Californian for president in 2020? It could happen” – Los Angeles Times, 1/27/17
“A Woman President? The Dream Lives on with Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Others Who Could Run in 2020” – Newsweek, 6/18/17
There is evidence, despite Harris’s ability to get in the headlines, that she is not connecting with her party’s base, though. A New York Times profile earlier this month quoted one Democratic activist as saying, “She’s not on our radar.”
“She’s one of the people the Democratic Party is putting up,” the activist told The Times. “In terms of where the progressives live, I don’t think there’s any ‘there’ there.”
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