Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, have a pretty amazing relationship. From everything that’s out there, it sounds like they are endlessly supportive of and kind to one another. Doug has put his own career on pause so that he can campaign for his wife and presidential nominee Joe Biden, and it sounds like he knows exactly what he’ll be getting himself into if Joe and Kamala win on November 3.
In a recent interview, Doug explained that he knows his role:
“I’m her husband, that’s it. She’s got plenty of great people giving her political advice. I’m her partner, I’m her best friend and I’m her husband. And that’s what I’m here for. I’m here to have her back.”
If the Democrats win the election this year, Doug will be the first-ever “second gentleman” the United States has ever had (and the first Jewish person to occupy the role as vice-presidential spouse). Kamala has already made waves as the first Black and Asian candidate for the office of vice president.
At a rally in Delaware, Joe Biden spoke directly to Doug when he noted, “Doug, you’re going to have to learn what it means to be a barrier-breaker yourself in this job you’re about to take on: America’s first second gentleman.”
Kelly Dittmar, an associate professor of political science at Rutgers University, has also spoken about Doug’s potential historic role. “Cueing to other voters, in particular other men, the need to sometimes step back and lift up women’s voices in this process and that sort of symbolic nod that Doug Emhoff seems to be giving is going to be important to and perhaps influence future generations of men.”
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