California’s wily governor just pulled a fast one with his announcement Thursday that he was appointing U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles to replace Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris when she moves to the U.S. Senate next month.
No one saw this coming. Apparently, not even Becerra, who told a Sacramento Bee reporter that it was a “whirlwind.”
The names of possible appointees had been circulating among political circles for months. Becerra’s wasn’t among them. The candidates were primarily men and women (happily, in equal shares) with law enforcement, political and policy backgrounds and the ability and temperament to jump into the job wholeheartedly — not just keep the seat warm until the 2018 election.