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Garcetti campaign spins lack of endorsement from LA County Democrats

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The Garcetti campaign tweeted this picture after the Los Angeles County Democratic Party declined to endorse him in the 2013 mayor's race.

Well, this is one way to turn lemons into lemonade.

The Los Angeles County Democratic Party decided Tuesday night not to make an endorsement in the L.A. mayor’s race, which is nonpartisan. However, that didn’t stop Eric Garcetti from touting a “victory.”

“I'm honored to have received the most votes from LA County Democratic Party delegates!” he sent from his campaign Twitter account. The Tweet was accompanied by a photo of Garcetti with the caption: “Thank you Democrats!”

And he’s correct – as least as far as the numbers.

In the first round of voting, Garcetti received 84 votes. That’s compared to Wendy Greuel’s 76 and Jan Perry’s 15. In the next round, with Perry out of the picture, Garcetti had 83 votes to Greuel’s 75. (Republican Kevin James did not seek the group’s endorsement; Emanuel Pleitez was not present.) However, those figures weren’t enough to get either candidate an endorsement from the party.

Last month, the councilman was endorsed by the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley.  

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