Before the wildfires hit Southern California that naturally required the attention of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the mayor has been traveling a lot outside his city and was more preoccupied with what others describe as his presidential ambitions.
Garcetti traveled to Wisconsin in June to speak at the state’s Democratic Party convention; New Hampshire in August to help campaign for Manchester mayoral candidate Joyce Craig; and Indiana in November to attend the inaugural meeting of a nonprofit group for investing in innovation called Accelarator for America.
The trips further flame talks that the mayor could be eyeing a national run. Garcetti himself has not been shy to hint of his presidential ambitions.
Some remain skeptical he could pull off such a grand plan as a presidential run given that he’s not known much outside of southern California.
In an interview with media before the wild fires struck, he did not exactly admit his desired run, and tried to play it coy that time. He said that he subscribes to the notion that: “You better just do good work and stop thinking about your own future, and the next step will take care of itself.”
Still, Garcetti left a hint as he added: “Eyes wide open, it’s important to prepare for the future.”
No sitting mayor has ever been elected president but Garcetti is hoping someone breaks that- even if it’s not necessarily him.
He mentioned other fellow mayors who are also being considered this early as 2020 prospects- New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as also worthy candidates for a higher, if not the highest, office in the country. Garcetti said: “I hope, even if I never did, that we have mayors that run for president because they are ready.”
Garcetti is both of Jewish and Mexican descent. He also comes from a political background. He is also the son of Gil Garcetti, the district attorney who prosecuted O.J. Simpson in the double murder trial of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman.
His “diverse bacground” is being touted as an opportunity for him to gain a broad appeal, and also be attractive to Democrats, including the young ones who are far left and the “old timer establishment” voters as well.
Garcetti has laso maintained a high national profile by advocating for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and the Paris climate accord.
What could dampen Garcetti’s spirits if indeed he is gunning for it is that ex-mayors have tried before to achieve the same goal but miserably failed. Well, at least, Garcetti could find out for himself if a mayor like him could make it to the White House.