Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has withdrawn his support for Jackie Lacey and endorses the former District Attorney of San Francisco, George Gascón.
The Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, announced his support for George Gascón in his race for Los Angeles County District Attorney. The former District Attorney of San Francisco George Gascon, who also served in the LAPD for decades prior to that, has also won endorsements from Bernie Sanders, Kamal Harris, Governor Gavin Newsom, Elizabeth Warren, and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors. The LA Times also announced support of his bid in the race.
“[Gascón] knows how to promote public safety through partnerships with and beyond law enforcement,” Garcetti said in a statement. “[He] will help our county shift the burden from the criminal justice system and jails toward diversion, intervention, and re-entry programs that save money and save lives,” Garcetti said in an announcement.
“I am honored to have the support of Mayor Garcetti, and if I’m fortunate to have the support of the voters, I’m excited to roll up my sleeves and work together once again to enhance the safety and livability of our communities,” said Gascón in response to the endorsement. “We have a tremendous opportunity to make deep, substantive changes in the largest county in America, and together I know we can, and we will.”
According to the LA Times, Lacey dismissed the mayor’s endorsement and put it down to an attempt to distract from what she deemed a poor performance by Gascón at Saturday night’s debate.
L.A. County voters will elect the next district attorney on November 3.
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