Kamala Harris shoots down SCOTUS nominee rumors
© Getty Images
California Attorney General Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHuffPost reporter: Biden's VP shortlist doesn't suggest progressive economic policies Hillary Clinton labels Trump coronavirus executive actions a 'stunt' Why Joe Biden needs Kamala Harris MORE is shooting down speculation that she would be on the short list of potential nominees to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, according to the San Jose Mercury News
Harris, who is running for the open California Senate seat, on Wednesday said she is focused on her Senate bid and not interested in the position.
After the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday, Harris has been speculated as being on President Obama’s short list. Republicans have threatened to not consider a nominee until after the 2016 election.
“I’m not putting my name out there, I’m running for United States Senate,” Harris said while campaigning. “Let’s put that out there right now. That’s not where I’m headed.”
It would not be the first time Harris was floated for a promotion. Two years ago, there was speculation that she would be considered to succeed Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderObamas discuss pandemic, voting, anxiety and community in new podcast Joy Reid debut delivers 2.6 million viewers for MSNBC The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Facebook — Republicans rejigger summer convention plans MORE as attorney general after he stepped down.
Harris, considered the front-runner, is running in California’s “jungle primary,” where all candidates run against one another regardless of party. She faces Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Republican rivals Tom Del Beccaro and Duf Sundheim.