L.A. Mayor Who Is Still Not Running For President To Hit Another Swing State This Weekend
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a man who is definitely not actively laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential campaign, plans to hit yet another swing state this weekend. What up, Nevada? In recent months, Garcetti has also visited Florida, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire.
The mayor will arrive in Las Vegas on Friday to attend the fall meeting of the Democratic National Committee, per a statement from Garcetti political advisor and spokesperson Yusef Robb. Garcetti is an elected member of the Democratic National Committee and Vice President of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors, according to Robb's statement. He will return to Los Angeles on Saturday.
While he's in Vegas, Garcetti will make a few other stops that definitely don't seem handcrafted for a candidate eyeing the national stage. Per the statement, he will tour a Carpenters union training facility and speak at both a DNC fundraiser supporting Democratic candidates nationwide and the College Democrats of America National Convention.
Or, as his official schedule reads:
"Despite the GOP majority in Washington, we Democrats will continue our progress on jobs, equality and fairness in cities across the country as we prepare to take back the House in 2018," Garcetti said in a statement about the trip, not at all sounding like someone who would have a secret Pinterest account devoted solely to Dwell-worthy midcentury modern accents for the Oval Office.
As a reminder, Garcetti was recently elected to a second term at the helm of the nation's second most populous city. And it wasn't just any term mayoral term: thanks to a change in election dates, Garcetti's second term will span a super-sized five-and-a-half years, as opposed to the usual four. The second term, which began in July, won't finish until 2022.
In late August, Garcetti also told the Sacramento Bee that he had yet to rule out a run for California governor in 2018. “I have not made any decision on that,” Garcetti said when asked about the upcoming gubernatorial race after an event with other big-city mayors in Sacramento.
Robb did not immediately respond to an email from LAist asking whether he had any updated statement on whether or not Mayor Garcetti was running for president and/or governor, however he did tell LAist in June (circa the Wisconsin visit) that Garcetti was "not running for anything."
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