August 29, 2017

Eric Garcetti Thinks Someone Like Eric Garcetti Would Be Perfect For 2020

It’s no secret that every Democrat thinks he or she is the perfect candidate for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination. Yet few have voiced that thought more brazenly than Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Yesterday, Mayor Garcetti happened to find himself in New Hampshire, site of the first in the nation primary. When the conversation turned to what the future leader of the Democratic Party should look like, Garcetti pitched a candidate who just so happened to have the attributes of a big city mayor like himself:

“’The next generation of leaders that comes up has to have that practical experience. Not just saying what we’re against, and not just saying what we’re for, but having the guts to do it.’ Garcetti’s visit to the Granite State, the home of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary, prompted the expected speculation that he is eyeing a run for president in 2020. And he did nothing to quell that speculation Monday. ‘People are looking for that sort of practical experience,’ he said.”

While Mayor Garcetti might want to run on his time as Los Angeles Mayor, his record tells another story. One of the most important jobs a Mayor has is dealing with crime, and on that, Garcetti is failing big time. Under Garcetti’s tenure, violent crime has risen in Los Angeles three years in a row:

“Violent crime increased in Los Angeles for the third straight year as police tried to stem a rash of homicides and gang-related shootings while dealing with a growing homeless population. With more than 290 people killed in the city this year, homicides also rose for the third year in a row.”

Perhaps Garcetti should focus less time on New Hampshire politics and more time doing the important aspects of his job. Unless he does that, his 2020 prospects will be over before the actual campaign even begins.