Former President Barack Obama endorsed Karen Bass for mayor of Los Angeles Saturday.
“I’m asking Los Angeles to vote for Karen Bass for mayor,” Obama mentioned in a video launched by the Bass marketing campaign. “I do know Karen, she was with me in supporting my marketing campaign from the start, and Karen Bass will ship outcomes. … Karen has all the time been on the fitting aspect of the problems we care so deeply about. She has devoted her life to serving her group, from working within the emergency room, to saving California from a finances disaster, to delivering aid throughout the COVID pandemic as a member of Congress.”
Bass, a Democratic congresswoman since 2011, was an early supporter of Obama’s 2008 presidential run, campaigning for him in 2007 when she was a member of the state Meeting.
A consultant for developer Rick Caruso, Bass’ opponent within the Nov. 8 election, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
“I’m humbled and honored to have the help of President Barack Obama,” Bass mentioned. “President Obama introduced us religion in our authorities and hope for the way forward for our nation. It’s inconceivable to overstate the impression of his work main this nation for eight scandal-free years advancing social and financial justice had on the nation and the world. That impression turned much more apparent when it was adopted by 4 years of corruption and crime emanating from the Oval Workplace. However we as a rustic are combating again. We as a metropolis are combating again. President Obama’s help underscores the distinction on this race and evokes our marketing campaign as we share our plans to resolve homelessness and make LA safer and extra reasonably priced for everybody throughout the house stretch.”
Bass has acquired the endorsement of most state and native Democratic politicians in addition to President Joe Biden and Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whereas Caruso has been backed by former Mayor Richard Riordan, enterprise teams together with the Los Angeles County Enterprise Federation, and the Los Angeles Police Protecting League.
Bass apologized earlier this month for accusing Caruso throughout a debate of paying to obtain an endorsement from the Avance Democratic Membership, an area Latino political group.
President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Elizabeth Warren have additionally all endorsed Bass.
She has additionally been endorsed by native Reps. Linda Sanchez, Jimmy Gomez, Lou Correa, Judy Chu, Ted Lieu, Mike Levin, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Mark Takano, Raul Ruiz and Lucille Roybal-Allard.
Among the many different figures in Hollywood endorsing Bass are Danny Trejo, Alyssa Milano, John Legend, America Ferrera, Jane Fonda, Rosario Dawson, Ken Jeong, Dulé Hill and J.J. Abrams.