When Harris first ran for public office in 2003, long after the relationship ended, her previous relationship with Brown didn’t help her chances — it actually hurt them.
Harris’ opponents, incumbent District Attorney Terence Hallinan and local attorney Bill Fazio, turned her previous relationship with Brown into a campaign issue, arguing that Harris could not be trusted to hold Brown accountable as DA because they had been previously involved: Hallinan and Fazio aren’t attacking Harris’ platform (which they both profess to generally share) or professionalism (each admits that Harris is a competent prosecutor).
4 election, and if Hallinan fails to win more than 50 percent of that vote, she’ll face the district attorney in a December runoff.
Willie Brown has led an eccentric, outspoken life, and his exploits with women have been well-documented.
In 2001, news broke that Brown had impregnated his top fundraiser, for example.
Though in third place in recent polls, she’s a political comer.
She’s whip-smart, hard-working, and well-credentialed to be San Francisco’s top criminal prosecutor.