San Francisco mayor says Harris replacement pick 'a real blow to the African American community'

San Francisco Mayor London Breed (D) said Tuesday that California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomNewsom vows crackdown: Rail car looting like 'third-world country' These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 California bill would let children 12 and up get COVID-19 vaccine without parent's approval MORE's (D) choice of Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) to fill Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTlaib blasts Biden judicial nominee whose firm sued environmental lawyer These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Trump by the numbers: 2024 isn't simple MORE's (D) vacant Senate seat is "a real blow to the African American community."

When asked about her thoughts on Newsom's pick by an ABC affiliate, Breed said the decision was a surprise.  

"This is a real blow to the African American community, to African American women, to women in general," she said, according to ABC 7 News. "It's really challenging to put it into words, but it was definitely a surprise."


Breed said that the open seat in California was another opportunity to bolster Black, female representation in the upper chamber. Harris was the first Black woman to hold a Senate seat for the state. 

"And it's an unfortunate situation as we are trying to move this country forward, and making sure that Black lives truly matter and that African Americans have a seat at the table — especially African American women," she continued, according to the news outlet. "After what was done in this race on a national level, [it] definitely is unfortunate."

Breed's name had circulated as a potential pick to fill the seat, as well as California Democratic Reps. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassBass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Members of Congress not running for reelection in 2022 MORE and Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeSenate candidate Gary Chambers discusses his opposition to criminalizing marijuana Treasury rolls out quarters featuring Maya Angelou, first Black woman on the coin A presidential candidate pledge can right the wrongs of an infamous day MORE, according to ABC 7 News.

Lee thanked those who had supported her potential appointment in a tweet.


Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHouse votes to award medal to Willie O'Ree, first Black NHL player It's time for President Biden to use his vast clemency power Ayanna Pressley says she has tested COVID-19 positive in breakthrough case MORE (D-Mass.) called for Newsom to appoint a Black woman to fill Harris's seat earlier this month. 

“We absolutely cannot go backwards. With the election of @KamalaHarris to VP-elect, @CAgovernor must prioritize this leadership, perspective & representation in the vacated U.S. Senate seat & appoint a Black woman," she wrote on Twitter, mentioning both Lee and Bass.

Newsom is set to appoint Padilla to fill Harris's seat. He will be the first Latino to represent California in the Senate.