Kamala Harris thought she could keep this part of her life a secret forever. Termed the ‘elephant in the room’, former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown broke his silence on his extramarital affair with Kamala Harris, a Democratic senator who made her intention to run for president of the United States known. According to Brown, his relationship with Harris took place when he was speaker of California State Assembly.
Brown also admitted he may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when he was Assembly Speaker and that he also helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. Brown and Harris reportedly broke up in December 1995 before he became mayor. According to San Francisco weekly, the two positions Brown appointed Harris to on the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and the California Medical Assistance Commission paid handsomely and earned her more than $400,000 over five year period.
From The Washington Free Beacon: “Brown is credited for connecting Harris with the donors who boosted her successful 2004 campaign for San Francisco district attorney, during which she outraised her incumbent opponent. The Los Angeles Times reported this week that Brown’s “stamp of approval was crucial in raising money from the San Francisco establishment.” “Brown attempts to belittle his help for Harris, noting that he also “helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein.” He was never involved romantically with any of these three.”