SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Vice President Kamala Harris spent the day swearing in the nation’s three newest senators, including former California Secretary of State Alex Padilla. Harris has strong connections to San Diego and in particular to Mayor Todd Gloria.
Gloria says the Vice President made it a point to offer guidance and support. She was here not long ago to help him campaign for mayor.
“It's been a long-term relationship which I value I see her as a mentor and I know a lot of people feel the same way.”
Gloria says Harris has a way of connecting on a personal level with those she meets.
“I think about what it’s gonna be to have that kind of focused caring attention in the second-highest office in our country and what that would do for so many young people who might see themselves in the vice president.”
The first female African American-Asian Vice President taking the oath of office Wednesday and being watched by countless people.
“As she would often say if you can't see it you can't be it. What they're gonna see is the first woman vice president of the US cares deeply about the economy and jobs and education and healthcare.”
Gloria says he saw firsthand Harris’ commitment to San Diego as a senator.
“I think about what it is to have someone in that room with the president who knows San Diego knows our unique issues and I just know that is gonna accrue to the benefit of our city.”