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Doug Emhoff, the ‘second gentleman,’ husband of Vice-President Kamala Harris has allegedly told Democrats that if President Joe Biden doesn’t run for re-election then they need to line up behind his wife.

Jonathan Martin, politics bureau chief at Politico wrote on Tuesday, “If Democratic voters have barely started to consider Biden alternatives, the topic is increasingly consuming the would-be successors themselves, as well as their spouses. Doug Emhoff, the Second Gentleman, has told Democrats the party must rally around Harris should Biden not run.”

Martin also noted that this variety of conversation around the West Wing causes “eye-rolling,” and while some in the administration believe Harris is on better political footing than she was in 2021, they are still skeptical of the California Democrat’s viability.

“The next question we’ll get after saying we don’t want Biden is: ‘Do you want Kamala?’” one House Democrat explained to Politico.

The outlet further noted that Rep. Annie Kuster of New Hampshire, said, “I don’t think he will” before trumpeting the party’s “big bench of very, very qualified people.”

Former Senior Adviser & Counsel to President Donald Trump Jenna Ellis responded to Emhoff’s alleged comments with via Twitter with several ‘crying laughing’ emojis.

BREAKING: Doug Emhoff says Democrats must back Kamala if Biden doesn’t run in 2024


— Jenna Ellis 🍊🦅 (@JennaEllisEsq) November 9, 2022

“If Biden can hold on to a Democratic Senate, then he’ll be in the catbird seat to run for reelection,” Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University, echoed the sentiment of many Democrats to The Washington Post while not specifically mentioning Harris. “Now, if it’s a red wave and the Republicans win the Congress and Senate, there’s going to be a drumroll for Biden to not be the party’s nominee.'”

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As observed by Martin writing for Politico, many Democrats would consider Governors Gavin Newsom of California or Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan along with Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg as more viable alternatives should Biden choose to bow out of the 2024 presidential race.

Harris’ recent approval ratings do not present a strong case for her candidacy, she sits currently at 39.5% according to compared to her senior partner’s 41.5% approval rating.