By early Sunday evening in California, word began to circulate that the governor had chosen Ms. Butler. She had moved to Maryland in 2021 when she took the Emily’s List position, but said she would return to Los Angeles and register to vote as a Californian.
Ms. Butler needs to decide soon whether she will run in 2024. The filing deadline is in December and, practically speaking, a serious statewide campaign in California ought to have started at least six months ago.
Mr. Newsom said on Monday that he is “not interested” in whether she runs. “I have an incredible appointee and she’ll make a decision with no constraints, no expectations,” he said.
Michael Tubbs, a special adviser to Mr. Newsom and a board member of Emily’s List, said the board met with Ms. Butler on Monday, and that it was not clear whether they should seek a short-term replacement or a permanent one.
“If her family agrees, she should definitely run,” said Mr. Tubbs, a former mayor of Stockton, Calif. “I hate this idea we can choose who can run and who can’t. The voters need to decide.”
As for Ms. Butler, she said in a statement to The New York Times on Tuesday. “Saying yes was a big decision, and I genuinely have not decided anything beyond that.”