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Sam Liccardo endorses Kamala Harris for Senate

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo endorsed California Attorney General Kamala Harris for 2016’s U.S. Senate race on Monday, the third of the Bay Area’s big-city mayors to do so.

Sam LiccardoLiccardo, a Democrat one year into his first mayoral term, said Harris “wins results for our families, even when powerful interests try to stand in her way.”

“As a former prosecutor, I watched with admiration as she took on the nation’s biggest banks during the mortgage crisis, winning $20 billion dollars to help families and homeowners in our state,” he said. “And I’ve seen her work hard to keep protect our kids – whether she’s taking down transnational criminal gangs or tackling elementary school truancy and working to ensure every child has a shot at success in school and in life. I’m proud to endorse Kamala in this race and am looking forward to her continuing her fight for us in the U.S. Senate.”

Harris said she’s “humbled” by Liccardo’s endorsement. “We are building a campaign that lifts up the voices of all Californians and gets results for our families. Our fight for California has just begun, and I’m glad to have the mayor on our team.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee endorsed Harris earlier, as did Bay Area House members Mark DeSaulnier, Barbara Lee, Eric Swalwell, Mike Honda and Jared Huffman.

Though Harris has a large lead in fundraising and endorsements, her Democratic rival in this Senate race – Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana – has been making inroads recently around the state. The Orange County Register’s Martin Wisckol noted Sunday that Sanchez has picked up some key endorsements and even here in the Bay Area, Harris’ home turf – including nods from Rep. Anna Eshoo and Rep. Sam Farr.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Harris = hack.

  • JohnW

    If Loretta Sanchez runs, I’ll vote for her in the primary. If the only alternative to Harris is a Republican, I’ll hold my nose and vote for Harris.

    On a more positive note, I attended an Education Forum Monday night, conducted by Democratic State Senator Steve Glazer and Republican Assemblywoman Catharine Baker. These are two very impressive elected officials.

  • Richard Woulfe

    Harris is not qualified for the Senate job, she has zero legislative experience. Her whole career has been in law enforcement. She lacks the skills to be an effective Senator. Senator Boxer spent 10 years in the House working on the nuts and bolts of legislating before running for Senate – she was qualified. Representative Loretta Sanchez has the same record – she’s fought all these tough legislative battles – on raising minimum wage, protecting Social security and Medicare, expanding health care for working all Californians (see ObamaCare) She’s also learned the craft of legislating. I am voting for Sanchez – she clearly deserves the job. If you compare the two – Harris and Sanchez – Harris only win’s in the looks department – she’s got better bone structure. I find it somewhat laughable so many are endorsing the inexperienced Harris for a US Senate, have they all fallen in love with her soap opera actress good looks? I guess so. Fact is it will take Harris 3 to five years to learn her job – veteran Senators will take advantage of her – steering more public dollars to their states, at the expense of California. No way that will happen with the savvy Sanchez, she’s tough, she knows the rules, and she is as aggressive as hell – she will get stuff done for the state, like Boxer has.

  • JohnW

    Sometimes a hack is better than a whacko!