Cory Booker

Would L.A.'s mayor make a good presidential candidate?

Would L.A.'s mayor make a good presidential candidate?

On Saturday, Eric Garcetti began his second term as mayor of Los Angeles, and everyone in the political world assumes he has his sights set higher. Problem is, a small army of his fellow Democrats are already running to succeed Jerry Brown as governor, and Dianne Feinstein may well seek reelection to the Senate next year. If she doesn’t, another gaggle of Democrats will vie to take her seat. Were Garcetti nonetheless to run for either of these offices, he would need to begin campaigning for that other job immediately, with his mayoral oath still hanging in the air.

Garcetti has another option: seeking the presidency in 2020. Although he told the Los Angeles Times editorial board...

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