State Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris says she doesn’t want Eric Holder’s job

Kamala D. Harris
California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, dismissed speculation Thursday that she might succeed Eric Holder as the U.S. attorney general.
(Damian Dovarganes/Associated Press)

California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris, who is running for reelection,  dismissed speculation Thursday that she might succeed U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder.

Harris, a Democrat,  has been considered a possible candidate to replace Holder, who announced his resignation Thursday. But her office released a statement suggesting she has little interest in the position now.

“I am honored to even be mentioned,” Harris said,  “but intend to continue my work for the people of California as attorney general.”

Harris is widely rumored to be a possible future candidate for governor or the U.S. Senate.  She is expected to easily win reelection in November.


She said in her statement that she was focused on fighting transnational gangs, truancy and recidivism. Prior to being elected California’s top law enforcement officer, Harris served as the elected district attorney of San Francisco. 

President Obama last year described Harris as “by far the best-looking attorney general” in addition to lauding her intelligence and dedication.  He later apologized for mentioning her looks. A spokesman for Harris said at the time that she took no offense and that she and Obama had been friends for years.

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