Quickly putting to rest any notion that she would be President Obama's nominee to replace deceased Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, California's Attorney General and current candidate for Senate Kamala Harris publicly stated that she does not want the job.
“I’m not going to be on the Supreme Court," CBS5 reports Harris as saying at San Jose campaign event. "Take my name off the list.”
Harris was one of the names being floated in the press as a potential nominee — a group that includes at least two other Californians: Jacqueline Nguyen and Paul Watford, both of the Ninth Circuit Court.
"Both of them have stellar records," ABC7 Political Analyst Carla Marinucci noted, "and both of them would be interesting additions to the court, not only because of the ethnic mix, but because of their background and their history."
Harris is seeking to fill the soon-to-be empty seat of Senator Barbara Boxer, who is retiring, and would likely have been a long-shot candidate for the Court as she has no judicial experience. Whoever is eventually nominated by the President will face strong opposition from Republicans in the Senate, who are gearing up to oppose the President's nominee — regardless of whether or not that person is from California.