L.A. mayor Eric Garcetti announces he won’t run for California governor 

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Sunday night that he will not enter the California governor’s race, posting on Twitter that he wants to continue the work he is doing at City Hall.

“We have a lot of work left to do to build a stronger city, state and nation and I know I can best build on our progress here in L.A.,” he wrote. “I am passionate about my city and my family; both are here in Los Angeles.”

The announcement came as little surprise, as few believed Garcetti would enter the crowded field that includes Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom who has already built a robust campaign war chest and enters the race as the frontrunner. Garcetti’s decision is likely welcome news for former L.A. mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, as the two would have been competing for not only votes in the heavily Latino Southern California region – but donors as well.

Also, the mayor polled relatively poorly last spring in early surveying of the race.

Furthermore, rumors that Garcetti is setting the groundwork for a White House run have swirled for months – rumors fueled by his recent trips to places like New Hampshire and Wisconsin. He is also scheduled to visit the early primary state of South Carolina later this year.

While the mayor has been largely mum on possible aspirations to seek the 2020 Democratic nomination, the 46-year-old Garcetti has stressed a need for new blood and fresh energy in a party still reeling from a crushing defeat last November.

“I have a job I love,” Garcetti said at the Democratic National Committee’s annual meeting in Nevada earlier this month.

A jump to the White House would be unprecedented, however, as no politician has ever gone from city hall to Pennsylvania Avenue without other stops in between.

Garcetti finds himself in a unique position within the Democratic Party nationally. While he backed Hillary Clinton and is aligned with the establishment roots of the party, he has also unabashedly backed progressive measures like single-payer health care – policy proposals longtime Democratic figures like Sen. Dianne Feinstein have been hesitant to embrace.

At the same time, he’s taken a less aggressive tone in speaking out against President Trump’s agenda in Washington, largely avoiding the more hyperbolic rhetoric from other California leaders like Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif.

For example, in his second inaugural address in July, Garcetti didn’t mention President Trump by name, and instead struck a more unifying and pragmatic tone.

While those words sufficed after he was overwhelmingly elected as mayor, if he decides to run, Garcetti may be required to pivot towards appealing to an audience eager to hear a tougher anti-Trump message – especially coming from a state that has positioned itself at the center of the so-called “resistance” against the GOP agenda.

“I think all the rules are off,” Garcetti told a Wisconsin TV station this summer. “No African American could be president until one was. No reality star could be president until one is.”

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  1. Richard Rider
    Richard Rider 30 October, 2017, 08:58

    Good decision by the LA Mayor. He should ride that city COMPLETELY into the ground. Well, ride it FASTER into the ground (how fast BK arrives is the only variable).

    He NEEDS that legacy. And we need that lesson on how NOT to run a city.

    But in the end, it will be all George Bush’s fault.

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  2. Petrol Worship
    Petrol Worship 11 November, 2017, 14:24

    thehill.com
    California governor faces off with protesters: ‘Let’s put you in the ground’
    Josh Delk
    2-3 minutes

    California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) took on protesters at a climate talk on Saturday, saying “let’s put you in the ground” in response to the continual disruptions targeting Brown’s environmental stances.

    Protesters at the “America’s Pledge” talk in Germany, an event in support of the Paris Climate Agreement that the United States withdrew from this summer, called for reduced oil drilling during Brown’s talk. According to the Sacramento Bee, protesters chanted, “carbon trading is no solution,” in reference to the cap-and-trade system, as well as “poisoned wastewater” and “keep it in the ground.”

    “I agree with you, ‘in the ground,’” Brown said amid the disruptive protests. “Let’s put you in the ground so we can get on with the show here.”

    “Anyway,” he later said, “This is very California. Thank you for coming. Actually, that’s very mild.”

    At one point in the speech supporters of Brown chanted against the protesters, resulting in chants of “we’re still in,” “Trump’s still out,” and “We love Brown.”

    Environmentalists have previously criticized for Brown over his advocacy for hydraulic fracking, a fossil fuel extraction technique, which some environmentalists see as contradictory to his strong stance on mitigating climate change through the reduction of fossil fuel use.

    California led the charge of a coalition of individual states rebelling against the unpopular decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, by vowing to maintain the pact’s environmental goals independently from the federal government.

    “Most of these critics ride around in cars and fly in airplanes, so what we have to do is get the end goal in sight,” Brown later said of the protesters. The governor is on a 10-day trip through four countries on his way to a United Nations talk on climate change.

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