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 NewsomWhite House says Shalanda Young could serve as acting OMB director California to set aside 40 percent of vaccine doses for areas most at risk Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief MORE's (D) choice of Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) to fill Vice President-elect Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden takes victory lap after Senate passes coronavirus relief package It will be Vice (or) President Harris against Gov. DeSantis in 2024 — bet on it Trump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol 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 BassHouse approves George Floyd Justice in Policing Act House sets vote for George Floyd police reform bill Lobbying world MORE and Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeePro-Choice Caucus asks Biden to remove abortion fund restrictions from 2022 budget Progressives push White House to overturn wage ruling Lawmakers, Martin Luther King III discuss federal responses to systematic racism MORE, according to ABC 7 News.

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


Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyPressley says image of Black custodial staff cleaning up Capitol after Jan. 6 riot 'haunts' her DeJoy apologizes for mail delays while defending Postal Service changes DeJoy set for grilling by House Oversight panel 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.