Sen. Kamala Harris is running for president, Democrat donors say

Senator Kamala Harris is running for president. The Hill reports that’s the word coming from top donors who are excited about the possibility:

The Bridgehampton event, where Harris mingled with top donors and supporters of Hillary Clinton, was the ultimate signal that Harris is “thinking much bigger” than the Senate, one top bundler said.

“She’s running for president. Take it to the bank,” another fundraiser said. “She’s absolutely going to run.”

Donors say Harris is giving them a glimmer of hope when they need it the most…

Since November, Harris has become one of her party’s biggest draws: She has raised upwards of $600,000 for Senate candidates in recent months, and she recently raised $227,000 in an email for MoveOn.Org, according to sources close to Harris.

Last week the NY Post’s Page Six reported on the expectations as Harris headed to the Hamptons over the weekend with Hillary Clinton:

Guests there to greet Harris are expected to include Margo Alexander, a member of Clinton’s inner circle; Dennis Mehiel, a Democratic donor who is the chairman of the Battery Park City Authority, even though he lives between a sprawling Westchester estate and an Upper East Side pad; designer Steven Gambrel and Democratic National Committee member Robert Zimmerman.

Washington lobbyist Liz Robbins is also hosting a separate Hamptons lunch for Harris…

A Democratic insider said, ­“Kamala is the big Democratic star right now, at a time when they badly need a star. She’s coming to the Hamptons to meet key people as she takes a national stage, and expands her influence and ambitions.”

So there you have it. The donors think it’s happening and, by implication, I guess Hillary Clinton thinks it’s happening. Considering how weak the Democratic bench is, Harris may be one of their best options. She’s relatively young but doesn’t have the kind of long political history on the national state which could create problems for her. And the fact that she seems to be able to raise a lot of money is an important qualification for anyone who wants to run these days. To be clear, I’m not saying I’m fond of Harris or that she’ll win, only that she may be the best option Democrats have.