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Wendy Greuel gets preliminary endorsement from LA County Federation of Labor

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Another major labor endorsement could be headed Wendy Greuel’s way.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s political committee met Tuesday morning and voted to endorse Greuel over Eric Garcetti in the mayor’s race. The backing still needs approval from the Fed’s executive board and delegates.

“Wendy was pleased to participate in today’s first step of the L.A. County Federation of Labor endorsement process,” said Dave Jacobson, a spokesman for the Greuel campaign.

“It is truly unprecedented for a candidate to have such broad and far-reaching support from groups that represent working people as well as business groups like the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce, VICA, among others.”

Just one day after the March 5 primary, SEIU Local 721 endorsed Greuel’s campaign. The unions representing police officers, firefighters, and Department of Water and Power utility workers also back her. Labor spent $2.1 million to support Greuel in the primary.

All of those endorsements have drawn criticism from Garcetti, who argued it would be impossible for Greuel to be an independent mayor. In his election night speech, Garcetti said his rival would be “bought and paid for by the power brokers at the DWP union.”

At the same time, in a press release Tuesday, Garcetti touted his own union endorsements. They include Teamsters Joint Council 42 and Communications Workers of America. Those unions, however, are unlikely to be able to spend much money on Garcetti's behalf, as compared to the labor groups backing Greuel. 

"So many labor organizations and members are supporting me because of my proven results creating jobs, strengthening our middle class and solving problems for L.A. residents. I will always stand up for working men and women as L.A.'s next mayor," Garcetti said. 

Despite labor’s financial support, Greuel placed second in the primary with 29 percent of the vote. Garcetti finished first with 33 percent. The runoff is set for May 21. 

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