Post by FEINKENSTEIN on Oct 2, 2023 5:54:33 GMT -5
The pick fulfills the governor’s pledge to appoint a Black woman while rejecting calls for him to tap Rep. Barbara Lee, a prominent Black congresswoman from Oakland who is running for the position in the 2024 election.
Butler is the president of EMILY’s List, a national political organization that focuses on electing Democratic women who support abortion access. She has deep experience in Democratic politics, having previously served as president of a powerful labor union and as an advisor to Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign.
Butler also has ties to Newsom’s longtime political operation. Before joining EMILY’s list she was a partner the political consulting firm now known as Bearstar Strategies that is run by the governor’s veteran strategists Ace Smith, Sean Clegg and Juan Rodriguez.
It’s a historic appointment for a governor who has prioritized appointing LGBTQ+ people to positions of power — Butler, a lesbian, will be the first out person of color to serve in the Senate.