Newsom says he has already received a number of pitches for Harris's open Senate seat

Newsom says he has already received a number of pitches for Harris's open Senate seat
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomOVERNIGHT ENERGY: California seeks to sell only electric cars by 2035 | EPA threatens to close New York City office after Trump threats to 'anarchist' cities | House energy package sparks criticism from left and right California seeks to sell only electric cars by 2035 EPA head questions connection of climate change to natural disasters MORE (D) on Wednesday said he has already received a number of pitches from people who are seeking to fill Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTexas Democratic official urges Biden to visit state: 'I thought he had his own plane' The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden on Trump: 'He'll leave' l GOP laywers brush off Trump's election remarks l Obama's endorsements A game theorist's advice to President Trump on filling the Supreme Court seat MORE’s Senate seat if she and Joe BidenJoe BidenFormer Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick Bloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida MORE win the White House this November.

“You may be the only one that hasn’t, unless you just did, and that is only slight exaggeration,” Newsom told a reporter at a press conference when asked if people had already pitched themselves to be the California Democrat's successor in the upper chamber.

Newsom, who would appoint a replacement to Harris’s seat for the rest of her term should she and Biden win in November, said he is not focused on the issue at the moment as California works to curb the spread of the coronavirus. 


“I can’t be any more pointed privately than I am publicly. That’s not what I’m focused on right now. I’m focused on what I need to be focused on, and that’s you and your health. That’s the economy and its needs and the support we need to provide small businesses and the priority of getting our kids back in school. That’s what matters to you, and that’s what matters to me as my top priority,” he said. 

Several names have already floated as to who could fill the rest of Harris’s term, which ends in early 2023. Among them are Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassOvernight Defense: Appeals court revives House lawsuit against military funding for border wall | Dems push for limits on transferring military gear to police | Lawmakers ask for IG probe into Pentagon's use of COVID-19 funds Democrats push to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police Outrage erupts over Breonna Taylor grand jury ruling MORE (D-Calif.), another former prospective vice presidential pick; Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff to subpoena top DHS official, alleges whistleblower deposition is being stonewalled Schiff claims DHS is blocking whistleblower's access to records before testimony GOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee; and California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraState AGs condemn HUD rule allowing shelters to serve people on basis of biological sex OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump casts doubt on climate change science during briefing on wildfires | Biden attacks Trump's climate record amid Western wildfires, lays out his plan | 20 states sue EPA over methane emissions standards rollback 20 states sue EPA over methane emissions standards rollback MORE.

Newsom, who has worked closely with Harris in California politics for a number of years, said he was proud she was picked to join Biden’s ticket and praised her “character and competency and her devotion to the cause that I think unites the vast majority of us.”

“It is a proud moment, historic, and it’s a very meaningful ... moment for California,” he said.

Biden first announced Tuesday that Harris would be his running mate, making her the first Black and Indian American woman to be on a major party's presidential ticket.