Eric Garretti, the Democratic mayor of Los Angeles, is planning several stops in Iowa next month. That should go a long way towards heating up the scuttlebutt that Garretti is considering a run for the presidency in 2020.
The LA mayor will travel to the Quad Cities in April to deliver a keynote address at the Scott County Democrats’ annual Red, White and Blue Dinner, according to his political spokesman.
After that dinner, he will make stops in Altoona to visit the Carpenters Union training facility, and then he will go to Des Moines. There he will take a tour with Mayor Frank Cownie.
For his last stop, Garceti will visit Waterloo, where his wife Amy has family.
Garcetti’s spokesperson, Yusef Robb, strongly hinted in a statement that the second-term mayor would start pitching himself in Iowa as an anti-Washington solution.
“The thrust of his visit is to support his fellow Democrats in the run-up to the midterms, but Mayor Garcetti is also eager to hear from people how we can help each other move ahead despite the extreme dysfunction in Washington,” Robb said in an email.
This is going to be Garcetti’s third trip to an early presidential state. In August, he campaigned in New Hampshire for Joyce Craig. She is a Democrat that defeated Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas in November. And just last month Garcetti campaigned with local party leaders in South Carolina. They have the first primary in the south.
Garcetti is one of just a handful of mayors who are considering runs for president in 2020. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu (D) are also in the running.
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Credit: The Hill