White House hopeful Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris unveils 0M commitment to new global health fund Senate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam House passes bill to compensate 'Havana syndrome' victims MORE (D-Calif.) is no longer being considered for the endorsement of a prominent progressive group after her campaign said she could not participate in a scheduled Q&A next month.
The labor union-backed Working Families Party (WFP) is conducting a series of live streamed sessions with six candidates ahead of a mid-September vote by its grassroots members and board to make an endorsement. WFP will be one of the first left-leaning groups to throw its support behind a 2020 candidate.
“The one thing we asked of candidates who wanted to be considered by WFP members is that they had to be willing to take questions from us in a live Q&A. Our members were eager to ask Senator Harris about how she would address over-policing of communities of color, the existential threat of climate change, her position on healthcare, and how we can make our economy work for the many, not the few,” Nelini Stamp, director of strategy and partnerships at the Working Families Party, said in a statement to The Hill.
“We regret that Senator Harris did not agree to a time for an interview, and consequently is not moving forward in our process,” Stamp added.
Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden touts 'progress' during 'candid' meetings on .5T plan Manchin: Biden told moderates to pitch price tag for reconciliation bill Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions MORE (I-Vt.), Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Warren11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Senate Democrats seeking information from SPACs, questioning 'misaligned incentives' UN secretary-general blasts space tourism MORE (D-Mass.) and Cory BookerCory BookerBiden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions Biden says he will review executive actions after police reform talks fail 11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill MORE (D-N.J.); former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro; and New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioGoogle to purchase Manhattan building for .1 billion New York to start weekly COVID-19 testing in schools Three arrested for allegedly assaulting NYC hostess who asked for COVID-19 vaccine proof MORE are the five other candidates under consideration. They have all already completed Q&A sessions.
Harris’s campaign canceled her meeting with WFP two days ahead of the event, scheduled for Aug. 22, and told the group this week it would not be able to reschedule.
Harris spokesman Ian Sams confirmed to NBC News, which was the first to report the news, that "we weren't able to make it work in time for their vote mid-September."
Harris’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.
WFP, which works to elect “the next generation of progressive leaders,” endorsed Sanders in the 2016 presidential race.