Michael Finnegan

Obama backs Garcetti for reelection in low-profile race for L.A. mayor

Obama backs Garcetti for reelection in low-profile race for L.A. mayor

Mayor Eric Garcetti hardly needed the support of former President Obama to strengthen his campaign for reelection, but he asked for it anyway during a party at the White House last month.

On Tuesday, Garcetti declared himself the first candidate to win Obama’s endorsement since his presidency ended. The first was actually a Chicago alderman, Sophia King.

Obama, last seen kite surfing in the British Virgin Islands, did not travel to California for the announcement. Garcetti made do with an image of the former president on a TV monitor at his campaign office in Windsor Square.

“Eric is my friend, loyal ally and a great and visionary mayor of Los Angeles,” Obama said in a...

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