House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel Thursday. The support came during a roundtable discussion with other leading female politicians at the Feminist Majority Foundation.
If she’s elected on May 21st, Greuel would become the first female mayor of Los Angeles. That point was driven home during the afternoon event. On one side of Greuel sat U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and U.S. Rep. Janice Hahn. On the other side were U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, former L.A. City Councilwoman Roz Wyman and Pelosi.
It was on a flight to the West Coast from Washington, D.C. that Boxer talked to her Congressional colleague about stepping into the mayor's race.
"Nancy Pelosi could not escape from me in the airplane because she said to me, 'I’m really thinking about it,' and I basically said, 'What’s there to think about?'" Boxer said.
Supporting Greuel, however, is about more than just one race, according to Boxer and Pelosi. The two women, who sat in front of black-and-white photos of suffragettes, framed the endorsement in the context of women's rights and a representative democracy.
"Women tend to be more collaborative," Boxer said. "Women tend to be less interested in being something and more interested in doing something."
As for why more women don't run for office, Pelosi said: "You want to talk about increasing the number of women in government, in politics? Lower the role of money, increase the level of civility, and you will have more women and you will make more progress, have a better result.
Greuel is also endorsed by the women’s advocacy group Emily’s List. Her opponent, Eric Garcetti, is backed by the California chapter of the National Organization for Women.