LA mayor’s office says reports linking him to ambassador gig are ‘speculative’

A spokesman for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Tuesday that reports linking him to a key ambassadorship in the Biden administration are “speculative” but did not outright deny them.

President Joe Biden is considering making Garcetti the ambassador to India, according to a Tuesday report from Axios[1]. Garcetti[2] was co-chair for Biden’s campaign and announced in December that he would not be accepting an invitation to join the president’s administration.

“Today’s Axios story is speculative,” Alex Comisar, the mayor’s deputy communications director, told the Washington Examiner. “We aren’t going to engage in speculation. We’re 100% focused on ending the COVID pandemic and passing a justice budget for the city.”

JUDGE TAKES OVER EFFORTS TO RE-HOME ALL OF SKID ROW AND BLASTS OFFICIALS AS CORRUPT[3]

India, a nation of 1.37 billion people, is in the grips of a deadly outbreak of the coronavirus[4]. The country has experienced over 20 million cases[5] of the virus and over 220,000 deaths caused by it, according to reported data collected by the New York Times. Experts indicate, however, that those numbers have been significantly underreported.

Garcetti has faced a plethora of controversies throughout the coronavirus pandemic, including claims from an Los Angeles police officer that he was sexually harassed by one of the mayor’s advisers[6] and that Garcetti did nothing.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER[7]

Separately, a federal judge issued a sweeping order on April 20, demanding that Los Angeles[8] city and county find shelter for all homeless residents of Skid Row within 180 days.

The Washington Examiner reached out to the White House for comment but did not immediately hear back.

References

  1. ^ Axios (www.axios.com)
  2. ^ Garcetti (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  3. ^ JUDGE TAKES OVER EFFORTS TO RE-HOME ALL OF SKID ROW AND BLASTS OFFICIALS AS CORRUPT (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  4. ^ deadly outbreak of the coronavirus (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  5. ^ 20 million cases (www.nytimes.com)
  6. ^ sexually harassed by one of the mayor’s advisers (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  7. ^ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER (www.washingtonexaminer.com)
  8. ^ Los Angeles (www.washingtonexaminer.com)