Joe Biden (D) has not been inaugurated yet, but relatives of his vice-presidential pick Kamala Harris are already maneuvering for top jobs in his administration.
Harris’ sister, Maya Harris, is reportedly working behind the scenes to get her husband promoted to attorney general, according to a Politico report.
Politico reported on the string-pulling from Kamala’s sister, noting the two are “extremely close” and that Maya is closely connected with Democratic party elites.
Maya’s husband is Tony West, a top legal officer at Uber. He was Barack Obama’s former U.S. associate attorney general, and was a lawyer in the Clinton administration. He certainly fits the profile of Biden’s Cabinet picks so far, which critics say have drawn heavily from the corporate, establishment side of the party.
Endorsed by Floyd lawyer
Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing the families of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, recently endorsed West in an op-ed for USA Today, a possible sign of a coordinated push.
“We need an unimpeachable attorney general who can repair the bonds of trust between the people and the DOJ, who has a proven track record of civil rights, who has worked with the business community yet is committed to applying justice fairly when they overreach, and who knows the pitfalls in the system for people of color,” Crump wrote.
“In my view, there is no one more uniquely qualified for this role given this significant moment in history than Tony West,” he added.
Pushing back on the report, a Kamala Harris aid told Politico: “Maya Harris is not waging a campaign for her husband as the next attorney general.”
Uber connection may shutter West pick
Politico notes that there is resistance to advancing West, given his family connection with prospective vice-president Kamala Harris. Progressives might also find problematic his work at Uber, a ride-sharing company that has been targeted by pro-union Democrats in California.
Other candidates include California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and former deputy AG Sally Yates. There have even been rumors that Biden could select New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has faced backlash over his coronavirus response.
Kamala Harris has herself been the target of long-running speculation that she would eventually take over the presidency in the event that the aging Biden won the election.