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Newsom to wait on announcing next California attorney general until Becerra confirmed

Newsom to wait on announcing next California attorney general until Becerra confirmed
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomCalifornia to spend 6M on wildfire prevention Former Trump campaign manager advising Jenner on potential California gubernatorial run Overnight Health Care: Biden says US still in 'life and death race' with virus | White House rules out involvement in 'vaccine passports' | Arkansas lawmakers override Hutchinson veto on transgender bill MORE (D) said Wednesday that he will hold off on announcing who the state’s next attorney general will be until Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Health Care: CDC director calls on Michigan to 'close things down' amid surge in cases | Regeneron says antibody therapy prevents COVID-19 infections HHS expands Medicaid postpartum coverage for Illinois mothers up to a year after giving birth Over 500,000 people sign up for ObamaCare in special sign-up period MORE, who currently holds the post, is confirmed as President Biden’s Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary.

Newsom hinted at a press conference that he’s “very close” to choosing who he’ll nominate but said that "our current attorney general is still the current attorney general, has not been formally confirmed by the United States Senate, and so the timing of a public announcement will be determined on the basis of that confirmation."

Several Democrats are reportedly in the running to become California’s next top cop, a post that many view as a stepping stone for higher office. Vice President Harris was California's attorney general before being elected to the Senate, and Becerra assumed the office in 2017 before becoming Biden’s HHS nominee.

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Becerra’s nomination has not yet been brought to a confirmation vote as Republicans hammer him over his record as attorney general, with many in the GOP painting him as overly partisan in light of the wave of lawsuits California filed against the Trump administration.

Newsom did not tip his hand as to who he might replace Becerra with, saying only that he hopes the Senate confirms him “sooner ... than later.”

Among those reportedly lobbying to become Becerra’s successor are Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffHillicon Valley: Intel heads to resume threats hearing scrapped under Trump | New small business coalition to urge action on antitrust policy | Amazon backs corporate tax hike to pay for infrastructure Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Biden tasks Harris on border; news conference today MORE (D-Calif.), California Assemblymember Rob Bonta and Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Darrell Steinberg.