Mayor Gavin Newsom all but said he would allow District Attorney Kamala Harris to appoint her successor as she prepares to take office in January as the new state attorney general. While Newsom was clear that he will make the final decision on who will fill that seat, he was also absolute when saying Harris would be weighing in heavily on the decision.
“I have strong options and I imagine she has stronger opinions and I’ll be deferential to her point of view out of respect for her,” he said. “Ultimately, I’ll make the choice since it’s my name associated with the appointment.”
But then when asked who he is considering for the appointment, Newsom seemed to pass the buck. “The story here is who does Kamala Harris think should be the replacement,” he told reporters Thursday.
One thing is for sure: it will be Newsom, not the interim mayor who will make the appointment.
“Even if she is getting sworn in at 5 p.m. and I’m at 5:02 p.m., then we have 120 seconds (to make the appointment),” Newsom said.