Kamala Harris DNC: Top 5 Reasons the California Attorney General is a Star

While she may not have played the biggest role at the DNC on Wednesday — and accidentally caused a Twitter buzz by calling Mitt Romney "Miss Romney" — Kamala Harris is a force to watch out for. Here are the top five reasons why I love California's Attorney General.

1) She’s a proud Californian.

'Nuf said.

In all seriousness, as the Attorney General of the great state of California, she has an understanding of a state with a population of about 37 million. It is not always that “So California goes, so goes the nation,” but the challenges and problems of California in regards to immigration, the economy, and debt certainly provide lessons of what to do, and what not to do for the rest of the country.

2) She is a smart woman of color.

In no way do I mean that this is some abnormal thing, but as a woman of color, I like to look for role models, and Kamala Harris has proven herself to be pretty solid, thus far. Some people have even called her the "female Obama."

3) She speaks to the issues.

Instead of stretching the truth and making outlandish claims like some of the RNC members have done, Harris speaks to the issues. And she does so by citing her sources.

In her speech, she takes on Romney’s position on what he would have done in regards to housing foreclosures: “We don't have to guess what Mitt Romney would have done if he were president. Because he told us. He said we should let foreclosures—and I quote—’hit the bottom’ so the market could—quote—’run its course.’” 

4) She gives shout-outs.

During her speech, she honored an age-old tradition of calling out to those who support, struggle and are integral to a movement or campaign.

In citing Mitt Romney's idea that America belongs to “some of us, not all of us," she said: “I'll tell you whom the American dream belongs to. It belongs to the student in Sacramento who doesn't have much money but who goes to bed each night dreaming big dreams. It belongs to the men and women across this country who know it shouldn't be against the law to marry the person you love. It belongs to the immigrants, young and old, who come to this country in search of a better life.”

And they all appreciate the shout-out!

5) She has supported anti-trafficking legislation

It's easy to get caught up in the fancy-dancy shine and shimmer of the DNC and the RNC. However, greater questions remain as to what has been done, and what is being done on the ground in regards to people, policy and how the government legislates.

It is perhaps a lesser known fact about Harris that she has made anti-trafficking legislation a priority in California.

In June, Harris said, “Human trafficking crimes involving minors are reprehensible and convicted perpetrators should not be able to keep the financial rewards from trafficking... This bill will aid groups who are dedicated to helping victims.”

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Lakshmi Sarah

Born and raised in California, Lakshmi is an educator and journalist. With roots in Kochi, Prague and San Francisco she divides her time between the places she feels at home. Over the past few years, Lakshmi has worked with newspapers and magazines from Gaborone, Botswana to Los Angeles, California. Lakshmi has several years of experience working with the National Student Leadership Conference. In 2009 and 2010 she directed the NSLC program on Journalism & Mass Communication at American University in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Pitzer College in California where she studied Global Communications and Studio Arts. She is currently pursuing her Master's in Journalism, Media and Gobalization in Aarhus, Denmark.

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