Kamala Harris and Cory Booker Jockey for Black Caucus Support Behind the Scenes
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) officially kicked off her 2020 presidential campaign last weekend, and while Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) has yet to announce, they are both reportedly reaching out to members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for their support. Politico spoke to 15 of the 55-member of Caucus about the 2020 race who all said they have been contacted by at least one announced or likely Democratic candidate -- including Harris and Booker. Before she formally announced, Harris reached out to CBC lawmakers in Georgia, Ohio, and Michigan for their endorsements. She made an appearance with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) -- the top CBC member in the House -- and sat down with Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) for an hour before announcing her candidacy, though Lewis said she did not ask for his endorsement then. Booker has also reached out to several CBC lawmakers who he has a close relationship with ahead of his expected announcement. The outlet reports that both also went to the CBC's weekly meeting on Wednesday, where Harris “worked the room” and Booker promised to call a couple of members. One potential wrench in the plan?A potential bid by Joe Biden. The former VP is a longtime friend of the CBC and has also been reaching out to Black lawmakers to talk about 2020. More here.