She was 29 years old and he was 60 when Kamala Harris started having an intimate affair with former mayor of San Francisco, Willie Brown. This was some 25 years ago, just a few years after Shabba Ranks and Crystal released the dancehall classic “Twice my age”.
Maybe Kamala Harris, whose father is Jamaican, was a fan of dancehall music and liked the idea of being in love with a man twice her age as Crystal sung. As the song said, young men have strength but that’s not dollars and sense (cents).
Only Kamala Harris knows if the was really in love with the former mayor or if she was just using him as a stepping stone to get where she wanted to go. It could be the latter as Brown in a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle claims that Kamala was pretty much ungrateful for all the help he gave to her. See Brown’s full letter below:
I’ve been peppered with calls from the national media about my “relationship” with Kamala Harris, particularly since it became obvious that she was going to run for president. Most of them, I have not returned.
Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago. Yes, I may have influenced her career by appointing her to two state commissions when I was Assembly speaker.
And I certainly helped with her first race for district attorney in San Francisco. I have also helped the careers of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and a host of other politicians.
The difference is that Harris is the only one who, after I helped her, sent word that I would be indicted if I “so much as jaywalked” while she was D.A. That’s politics for ya.
The appointment to state commissions were not only political advancements for Harris but she was also richly rewarded financially.
Brown appointed Harris to the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board and then to the Medical Assistance Commission, positions that paid her more than $400,000 over five years. Brown also gifted Harris a BMW.
After Harris got what she wanted from Brown she coldly distanced herself from the former mayor.
“His career is over; I will be alive and kicking for the next 40 years. I do not owe him a thing,” she told SF Weekly, when asked if she felt any loyalty to Brown.