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Statement in response to Governor Newsom Meet the Press appearance regarding California Senate race

OAKLAND, CA — Congresswoman Barbara Lee released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s remarks on “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” on September 10, 2023. 


“I am troubled by the Governor’s remarks. The idea that a Black woman should be appointed only as a caretaker to simply check a box is insulting to countless Black women across this country who have carried the Democratic Party to victory election after election. 

“There are currently no Black women serving in the Senate. Since 1789, there have only been two Black woman Senators, who have served a total of 10 years.

“The perspective of Black women in the U.S. Senate is sorely needed — and needed for more than a few months. Governor Newsom knows this, which is why he made the pledge in the first place.

“If the Governor intends to keep his promise and appoint a Black woman to the Senate, the people of California deserve the best possible person for that job. Not a token appointment. 

“Black women deserve more than a participation trophy. We need a seat at the table.”