San Francisco Chronicle

Samantha Corbin, a Sacramento political consultant who hosts a podcast about state attorneys general called “The Age of AGs,” said Newsom may be able to balance competing political pressures he is facing surrounding the Senate seat if he must also pick a new attorney general. Latino groups have demanded that the governor choose someone from that community to replace Harris, as no Latino has ever represented California in the Senate. Other groups, however, have called on the governor to select a Black woman, since Harris is the only Black woman in the Senate.

“He’s playing a kind of musical chairs right now,” Corbin said of Newsom. “The reality is, I think, if he does not pick a Black woman for one of these seats, he’s going to be in a politically precarious position with the African American community in the state.”

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