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Former mayor Villaraigosa backs Wendy Greuel for Congress

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Former LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa declined to choose sides in last year's mayoral race, but Tuesday he announced he's backing a former candidate, Wendy Greuel, for Congress.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa endorsed former City Hall colleague Wendy Greuel for Congress Tuesday. 

He declined to choose sides when the former L.A. City Councilwoman and City Controller ran against Eric Garcetti for mayor, but now that Garcetti has the top job at City Hall and Greuel is running for Congress, Villaraigosa says he's on "Team Wendy."

"Wendy Greuel is the right choice, right now," Villaraigosa said in a statement. "The Wendy Greuel I know is a champion for women, a champion on the environment and something near and dear to me, a huge champion on transportation and traffic relief."

Greuel is running to succeed retiring Congressman Henry Waxman in the Westside's 33rd District. Also running for the seat is state Sen. Ted Lieu and author/New Age guru Marianne Williamson, who is running as an independent. 

A spokesman for Garcetti couldn't say whether the mayor would make an endorsement in the race.

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