California politicians play musical offices

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Those of certain age might remember the once-popular parlor game called musical chairs.

A row of chairs would be set out and players — always one more than the number of chairs — would walk around them as music played and when it stopped, they would scramble to sit in the chairs. The one left without a chair would be eliminated, another chair would be removed and the game would continue until one player won by claiming the last chair.

Something like that is being played in California as Gov. Gavin Newsom decides whom he will appoint to some of the state’s most desirable political offices.

The game began last month when U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris became vice president-elect. Suddenly, Newsom was in position to make someone a major figure in national politics as a senator from the nation’s richest and most populous state.

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