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Latino tapped to fill Kamala Harris' senate seat, some Black leaders angry

Latino tapped to fill Kamala Harris' senate seat, some Black leaders angry
Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom rejected pleas from a host of prominent Black leaders to replace Harris, the Senate's only Black woman, with another African American woman.

Latino tapped to fill Kamala Harris' senate seat, some Black leaders angry California Secretary of State Alex Padilla attends a briefing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.The Democratic governor Tuesday named Secretary of State Alex Padilla, the son of Mexican immigrants, to fill the U.About six hours after the Padilla announcement, Newsom's office said he would nominate Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, who is Black, to be the next secretary of state."If Governor Newsom thinks our disappointment with the Kamala Harris replacement will be tempered by appointing an African American woman to be California secretary of state, he clearly does not know this constituency," Maddox added.

"When I heard the news about the secretary of state appointment, my anger meter went from disappointment to being downright angry.He became a political prodigy of sorts when he was elevated to president of Los Angeles City Council president at 28, the youngest ever, before being elected to the Legislature and then secretary of state.

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