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‘Tireless’ Steinberg endorses a ‘grateful’ Kamala Harris

Attorney General Kamala Harris, center, jokes with then-Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, right, at a press conference after the California Homeowner Bill of Rights passes the Legislature. Photo taken July 02, 2012 in Sacramento, California.
Attorney General Kamala Harris, center, jokes with then-Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, right, at a press conference after the California Homeowner Bill of Rights passes the Legislature. Photo taken July 02, 2012 in Sacramento, California. rbyer@sacbee.com

She’s committed and grateful for his support. He’s tireless and proud to give it.

And it’s been at least a few hours since Kamala Harris announced her last endorsement – so why not?

Harris on Thursday said Darrell Steinberg has endorsed her U.S. Senate campaign.

In a prepared statement, Steinberg, the Sacramento Democrat and former Senate president pro tem, praised Harris for her work on the state’s Homeowner Bill of Rights, which forbids lenders from proceeding with a home foreclosure while simultaneously processing an application for loan modification. He praised her “commitment to smart-on-crime policies and protections for vulnerable Californians.”

Harris, the Democratic state attorney general, has released a steady drip of endorsements since announcing her candidacy for the seat U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer is vacating. She called Steinberg a “tireless leader on so many issues we both care deeply about.”

Harris is the early frontrunner in the 2016 contest. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is also considering a run.

If Harris wins election, it would be up to Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint her replacement. Steinberg, a lawyer, would be among a pool of Democrats he could consider.

Call David Siders, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1215. Follow him on Twitter @davidsiders.

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