President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday endorsed Rep. Karen Bass’ mayoral campaign, saying in a joint statement that they are “eager to continue working with her on innovative strategies to reduce homelessness and increase public safety and prosperity.” “.
Biden-Harris’ signing is a sign of strength for Bass. Presidents do not typically participate in intra-party struggles or mayoral elections.
Bass – who finished the June primary by a seven percentage point lead over Rick Caruso – called the confirmation a “true honor” and said in a statement that she was excited to continue working with the government. The congresswoman was on Biden’s shortlist for the vice presidency ahead of the 2020 election, although Harris was ultimately chosen for the role.
Bass has built a wall of support from mainstream Democrats, with support from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) and a host of other elected officials at the state and federal levels. Caruso was supported by a single democratically elected official: Councilman Joe Buscaino, who represents a district stretching from Watts to San Pedro.
Caruso also has a much more complicated relationship with the Democratic Party than Bass. The real estate developer spent much of his life as a Republican, had a relatively short stint as a non-party voter, and switched his party affiliation to Democratic in late January.
In addition to endorsements from business and law enforcement groups, Caruso’s most spectacular endorsements have come from celebrities including Snoop Dogg, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry and billionaire tech mogul Elon Musk.
The race for mayor is technically bipartisan, but party affiliation has become a contentious issue in the mostly Democratic city. But Bass’ near-monopoly on establishment support for Democrats may also contribute to Caruso’s criticism of her as an establishment figure who would bring more of it to town.
Governor Gavin Newsom and Mayor Eric Garcetti, two of the state’s most prominent Democrats, have yet to comment on the race.
It’s unclear if Harris, a Californian who has a home in Brentwood, will stumble upon LA for bass. The Bass campaign did not immediately respond to a question about Harris promoting them.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-08-02/biden-harris-endorsement Biden, Harris back Karen Bass in L.A. mayoral race