LA Times: Progressive national security group backs Kamala Harris in Senate race

Photo: Al Seib / LA Times

Photo: Al Seib / LA Times

The Truman National Security Project endorsed Democratic California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday morning in the U.S. Senate race.

“Kamala Harris’ experience combating security threats on the international stage and her thoughtful engagement on national security issues show that she is the forward-thinking leader Californians deserve in the U.S. Senate,” Truman Project President Michael Breen said in a statement provided first to The Times.

The Truman Project is focused on developing foreign policy in line with Democratic Party leanings. Several foreign policy officials from the Clinton and Obama administrations sit on its board.

In the race to replace Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, Harris faces Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Orange), whose foreign policy experience comes from her years serving on the House Armed Services and House Homeland Security committees, a focal point of her campaign.

The group said it chose Harris because of her work as attorney general on cyber security, consumer privacy and her work with law enforcement to disrupt human traffickers and drug cartels.

“Kamala has stood up for the ideals that make America a world leader: recognizing that we are at our strongest and safest when we protect refugee families, especially those fleeing the violence of our enemies; rejecting the political attacks on Muslims that have sadly characterized much of this election year; and seeking to unite Californians across economic, ethnic, and religious lines,” Breen said.