Author: Raymond

Eric Garcetti’s Electoral History

Eric Garcetti’s Electoral History

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The last time LA Mayor Eric Garcetti attended the Democratic National Convention was 2008, at the height of his campaign for the United States Senate.

In those days, Eric was a rising star in his own right, running for district attorney in LA County. He had the smarts and presence to make an impression on a convention of a different magnitude than his own.

As a young congressman, Garcetti was on the road for the duration of the convention, taking care of constituent services and being a good boy. But he was also a political talent: He was a good fundraiser and a savvy campaigner, able to get the delegates to the polls.

Now the mayor, he’s at it again, and he’s doing it all from inside the convention hall.

Not exactly a good place for someone as shy and unassuming as Garcetti to conduct business.

But that’s Garcetti’s style.

And it’s what makes his election as mayor all the more remarkable. We were so taken by his performance in the mayor’s race that we voted him the best of the candidates in the campaign.

You can read the rest of our mayor-election coverage here. And, as usual, you can find other election guides at the bottom of the page for more in-depth coverage of the candidates.

It’s also worth noting that while Garcetti has been a city council member only in Los Angeles County, he’s made inroads to national electoral politics. A campaign ad featuring Garcetti in a red polo shirt with an American flag tie and cufflinks was a hit with voters in California.

So, if Garcetti were elected as mayor in Los Angeles County, how many more chances might he have to run for president in the years remaining in his term?

The answer is obvious: He could never hold onto a U.S. Senate seat in California, let alone win a national election.

That’s why Garcetti has to run for mayor. We have to have someone who can.

If the mayor were a good politician, wouldn’t he be running for a full term, which would be the most reasonable course for a person who has no political experience but has been good at getting his team on the

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