‘Survivors of these disasters are hurting, and they deserve immediate and meaningful support…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., would rather campaign for president than work in the Senate, despite Americans paying her $174,000 a year to hold the seat.
Harris missed votes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, choosing to campaign in California and Nevada instead, Politico reported.
She abandoned her home state’s interests on Monday when the Senate voted on a disaster-relief bill to subsidize California’s efforts to clean up and rebuild after the wildfires.
She was too busy seeking labor-union votes in Sacramento.
“I’ve seen the damage up close in California, and I promised that I would do everything I can to help get them back on their feet,” Harris said. “But this administration has played politics with disaster funding by failing to fully assist California wildfire victims and the millions of American citizens still struggling in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Survivors of these disasters are hurting, and they deserve immediate and meaningful support—this bill does not do that.”
Democratic Senators who run presidential campaigns while in office have a history of being absent more often than not from their official duties.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry missed about 90 percent of Senate votes in 2004 when he became the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.
President Barack Obama missed 65 percent of votes in 2008.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was criticized for being frequently absent from the Senate when he ran for president in 2015.
He missed one-third of the votes that year.
Despite Rubio voting the majority of the time, he was chided by Democrats, and the Sun Sentinel called for his resignation.
Jim Manley, who was an aide to former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said he “would have advised Sen. Harris to be in town for [Monday’s] votes,” though he said occasionally missing votes does not matter.