Elected California leaders are ramping up their lobbying efforts this week, urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to pick a Latino or an African American to replace U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris when she ascends to the role of vice president.
Two weeks after the Nov. 3 election, dueling news conferences among advocates are planned, with the prospect that an intraparty lobbying effort that up until now has remained behind the scenes becomes more public.
President Donald Trump has yet to concede his projected defeat during the election certification process amid a series of legal challenges. President-elect Joe Biden and Harris are planning to take office on Jan. 20, as the Constitution mandates.
In the meantime, Newsom must pick someone to replace Harris to fill the final two years of the six-year term. While it’s not yet clear how soon before the inauguration Harris will give up her seat, Newsom has…