Thursday, May 29, 2014

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Endorses Ted Lieu To Replace Henry Waxman in 33rd Congressional District

Candidate Wendy Greuel may be fond of saying she's the best person to fill Henry Waxman's shoes, ("in heels", as she jokingly told a Venice audience last month), but former rival LA Mayor Eric Garcetti evidently disagrees with that notion to the extent that he's stepped off the sidelines to endorse her main opponent, CA State Senator Ted Lieu.

In the world of inside-baseball politics, with only 4 days to go until election day, this is a huge "get".

"Tuesday's election is extremely important for the future of our region.  That's why I am endorsing Ted Lieu for Congress. Ted is not only the most qualified candidate, but the type of person we need in Washington - intelligent, ethical and relentless as a representative for our community," said Mayor Garcetti. "He has shown tremendous leadership on important issues of our time including climate change, healthcare and protecting victims of domestic violence.  I am confident that Ted Lieu is the best candidate to strengthen the middle class, create more jobs and help workers save for retirement."

“The Mayor has brought tremendous leadership to Los Angeles and I look forward to working with him to improve our economy and strengthen the middle class,” said Lieu.  “I can’t thank the Mayor enough for his support of our campaign for Congress.”

Mayor Garcetti joins other regional supporters including the California Democratic Party, the California League of Conservation Voters, the Peace Officers Research Association of California, Crime Victims United, Congresswoman Karen Bass and Los Angeles City Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Paul Koretz and Bill Rosendahl (ret).

During the hotly contested LA Mayoral race last year, Lieu backed Garcetti over Greuel in both the primary and general elections.

State Senator Ted Lieu's district comprises more than 80 percent of the voters in CD 33. Lieu is a long-time resident of the district, an Air Force veteran and has served time on the Torrance City Council, State Assembly and State Senate.

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