Wendy Greuel called on Eric Garcetti on Friday night to stop all negative advertising in the last 11 days of the Los Angeles mayor's race, a challenge that her rival instantly dismissed as "disingenuous" for a candidate whose campaign is effectively "bankrupt."
"OK, my campaign consultants are probably not going to like this, but I say no more negative ads," Greuel told Garcetti in a debate aired live on KABC-TV Channel 7.
Garcetti said he had already endured "eight weeks of pummeling" by Greuel, including an accusation that he was "causing cancer for children" with his lease of oil drilling rights beneath family property in Beverly Hills.
"Ms. Greuel's campaign is now bankrupt," he said, alluding to her latest finance disclosure report. "It has more money owed than it has in the bank, so of course she would like to end any comparisons. But I think it's fair for the people of Los Angeles to know the difference between us."
The two debated for an hour Friday night on an ABC7 television broadcast at Cal State L.A.