Kamala Harris & # 39; s first important political role was the appointment of her then-powerful friend Willie Brown, who was three decades older, to a medical panel in California that was criticized as a landing pad for patronage jobs and setbacks.
Then 30, Harris was friends with 60-year-old Willie Brown when he was appointed to the California Medical Assistance Commission in 1994. The position paid over $ 70,000 a year, $ 120,700 in current funds and Harris were on the board until 1998.
The Medical Commission met twice a month, and Harris, a United States Senator for California since 201
The seven-member board consisted mostly of former civil servants who had retired late or had a wait before retirement. Harris was about three decades younger than he was 30 years old.
Harris (54) and Brown (85) began appearing in numerous high-profile roles in the spring of 1994, including Brown's lavish parties and galas. He has been separated from his wife Blanche Vitero since the 1980s but is no longer divorced and has had a number of girlfriends over the years.
In June 1994, Harris resigned as Deputy Prosecutor in the District Attorney's Office in Alameda County, where she worked for four years after completing law school. Brown appointed Harris to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, a position that paid $ 97,000 annually, which would equal $ 167,000 in 2019. Five months later, Harris resigned from the insurance office and Brown immediately appointed her to the California Medical Assistance Commission.
Brown wrote in a letter to Harris that he was "pleased" to appoint her to the board, overseeing the payment of insurers for state-subsidized MediCal recipients. "I am confident that your knowledge and experience will make a significant contribution to the important work of the Commission," he wrote.
Harris was first described as the accused "Speaker's new steady" in a column written in March 1994 by late San Francisco gossip columnist Herb Caen, a close friend of Brown. Photos from the time that come from Brown's personal archives in San Francisco show how the couple makes themselves comfortable and dances at parties, including Brown's birthday and his annual celebration known as "The Reunion."
According to Caen's column, friends of the couple hoped that Harris Brown could convince them to finally settle. To their surprise, the two broke up shortly after Brown was elected mayor of San Francisco.
"This news has shocked many, including those who found Kamala Harris attractive, intelligent and charming," wrote Caen on December 26, 1995. What Playboy's tendencies are all about in the carefree personality of the elected mayor.
The divorce happened after Brown met 32-year-old Socialist Carolyn Carpeneti from San Francisco, with whom he would later have a daughter. As the two met, Carpeneti received $ 2.33 million in campaign work from a network of non-profit groups and committees run by Brown and his associates, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
"If this does not cross the line, it's terribly close to coming," said Jim Knox, executive director of California Common Cause, then told the San Francisco Chronicle: "At least it seems questionable that [Carpeneti] in their role As a private campaign, a public resource can be freely used as a counselor. "
It was not the last time that Brown was tested to gauge the benefits to women with whom he made an appointment She was later hired as marketing director for city commissions after Brown became mayor.
Brown also continued after her breakup with Harris' political career and successfully supported her campaign for the district attorney in 2003. In public, Harris tried to distance himself from the mayor of San Francisco.
In a weekly profile of San Francisco in 2003, she called Brown an "albatross hanging around my neck," straining his hands and narrowing his eyes. "Harris said," His career is over; I will be alive and kicking for the next 40 years. I owe him nothing … Willie Brown will not be around. He's gone – hello guys, keep going. Brown recently joked before the Washington Examiner that if Harris wins the presidential election, he would have to "leave the country".
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