The corruption trial of Democratic Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey is turning into a serious headache for the Democrats, considering that his outcome could represent a serious hit to the party and some of the members that have close relations with him. One of these is Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California, who refused to answer several times if a “convicted felon” should be allowed to serve in the U.S. Senate.
Far from being the only one, the Senator from California joined many of her Democratic Senate colleagues in refusing to say whether Menendez should continue serving in case he is convicted on corruption charges. Naturally, Menendez has turned into a ticking bomb, given the fact that while most of his colleagues in the party are not publicly condemning him since they are waiting for a positive outcome, if he’s eventually convicted this silence would become political suicide.
This past weekend, while she was in Ohio, a Republican tracker asked Harris if she thought that convicted felons should be able to serve in the Senate. Far from providing a clear message, she stayed in an uncomfortable silence.
In fact, Harris, who many consider a potential 2020 presidential candidate, had a slate of fundraisers with the Democratic Senator of Ohio, Sherrod Brown, and she kept quiet about Menendez as she entered and exited those events.
“Senator Harris, should a convicted felon be allowed to serve in the Senate?” the Republican tracker asked at five different times and five different locations, receiving no answer from the Democratic Senator of California.
On one moment, the only words the tracker received came from a male aide who asked him if he was having a good day, while Harris walked into a building. Her silence echoes that of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and many others who have refused from saying Menendez should step down in the event that he is convicted.
Lately, Kamala Harris has received a great deal of press and virtually all of it has been quite positive, given the fact that she’s being floated by Washington elites and the Hamptons crowd as a potential presidential candidate in three years. Naturally, the Democratic Party is already pushing its machinery sooner than in many other opportunities, since the party is facing one of its biggest internal crises in history.
While she has accomplished very little in her short period as a Senator of California, that hasn’t stopped her from personally boosting her national profile. In fact, her party seems to have the entire disposition to push for her triumph in the primaries and turn her into their main card to fight against President Trump in 2020.
Recently, it was known that Harris was paying an online media firm hundreds of thousands of dollars to push her message. Apparently, this operation has been quite successful, to the point where the mainstream media is paying close attention to a person that represents the embodiment of the identity politics and the victimhood narrative of the Democratic Party.
Documents show that Harris has paid the online media firm more than $400,000 this year. Apparently, this Washington D.C.-based progressive online media is Revolution Messaging LLC, which is the one that helped propel Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders during his run for the 2016 Democratic primary.
Recently, the Senator of California huddled with big-money Clinton backers in the Hamptons, which raised a lot of suspicious from several members of the Democratic Party. One of the fundraisers left the gathering convinced that she is running for president in three years, which experts assured it is a solid operation from the Democratic establishment instead of a solo journey.
However, reports suggest that this came as a surprise for the Democratic donor class since they weren’t aware of a major move of this kind in a moment where everyone is preparing for the 2018 elections.
Is Kamala Harris now the favorite to take on Trump in the 2020 presidential election? https://t.co/FV1CvaZ6Wa
— Mark Saxenmeyer (@saxenmeyer) September 12, 2017
Apparently, while some felt uncomfortable by this surprise, there were others who felt satisfied by this move, since they assured that Harris could be the greatest candidate the Democratic Party could launch for 2020.
Considering that she’s the establishment card, it cannot be discarded another dirt operation against anyone who ends up being her rival, considering that this is exactly what happened with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as it was revealed by WikiLeaks.
Although there are many who see her as a flawless figure, her silence in the corruption case of Senator Menendez could be her Achilles’ heel if she ends up being the Democratic nominee.