Over the last several months, a slew of items on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s agenda have led some to ask: Will he make a bid for president in 2020?
This month, he secured the 2028 olympics for the city during an international trip to Lima, Peru. In August, Garcetti traveled to New Hampshire – a presidential swing state – to campaign for a fellow Democrat. In June, he consoled election-fatigued Democrats in Wisconsin during the state’s Democratic convention.
And those are just the tip of the iceberg, according to a recently published column from Jon Regardie, executive editor of Los Angeles Downtown News. In his column, he asks: “What could be going on behind-the-scenes of Garcetti’s mayoral post?”
On today’s AirTalk, we discuss that question and the mayor’s string of hints at a presidential run. What might a 2020 run bid from Garcetti look like and how would Los Angeles react?
Fernando Guerra, professor of political science and director of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University; he is a member of the Southern California Public Radio Board of Trustees