Mayor Garcetti Reportedly Among Those Being Considered By Clinton For VP Slot
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is reportedly among those being considered by Hillary Clinton as a possible running mate, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal ran a story Wednesday naming nine individuals who, according to party sources, are currently being vetted by Clinton's team as potentials for the VP slot. Everyone on the list had previously been bandied about in the press as a potential pick, save for Garcetti, who is a new addition. Elizabeth Warren headlined the Journal's tally of possibles candidates, and Labor Secretary Tom Perez, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, senators Tim Kaine of Virginia, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Cory Booker of New Jersey, and representatives Xavier Becerra of California and Tim Ryan of Ohio were also named. Bernie Sanders was not included on the list.
Per the Journal's story:
The vetting remains in its early stages. So far, potential candidates have been scrutinized using publicly available information. The Clinton team hasn’t asked anyone to submit tax returns or other personal information, one of the people said. Conversations with Mrs. Clinton herself about options are just now beginning.
Garcetti's inclusion is still pretty surprising, even for hometown boosters. He's still a few weeks shy of his three-year anniversary of taking office, and before that he served in City Council. That said, he's clearly a rising star in the party, and has campaigned for Clinton in the past.
The mayor addressed his inclusion on the list this morning during an interview with KNX Radio, saying "I have a great job right now and that's what I'm focused on."
When asked if he'd previously heard from either Clinton or her campaign about the possibility he said he could "categorically say no to both."
"I'm not looking for a new job," Garcetti said.