LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris collectively endorsed U.S. Rep. Karen Bass on Tuesday to turn into the subsequent mayor of Los Angeles, offering a lift to her marketing campaign in opposition to billionaire developer Rick Caruso and cementing her place because the decide of the Democratic institution.
In an announcement, Biden and Harris mentioned they had been wanting to work with Bass and her “revolutionary methods” to cope with the town’s homeless disaster and rising crime charges.
“Karen Bass has our friendship, and he or she has earned our respect via her management in Congress on crime prevention methods, efficient and truthful policing, and the welfare of youngsters and households,” Biden and Harris mentioned.
The endorsement was not a shock. Bass was on Biden’s brief listing when he was choosing a vp and Harris, a fellow Californian, has identified her for years.
Bass — a favourite of the get together’s progressive wing — may turn into the primary lady to carry the town’s prime job, and the second Black particular person.
Caruso, who is understood for constructing high-end malls, is a political shape-shifter who calls himself a “centrist, pro-jobs, pro-public security Democrat.” In response to authorities data, he was a Republican for over twenty years earlier than turning into an unbiased in 2011. Caruso modified again to Republican in 2016 — a 12 months when he served as California marketing campaign co-chair for Republican John Kasich’s presidential bid — after which to unbiased once more in 2019. He grew to become a Democrat shortly earlier than coming into the mayor’s race in February.
Caruso has spent greater than $40 million on the race, a lot of it his personal cash. Bass led the sphere by a cushty margin within the June major, establishing a November runoff with Caruso, the second-place finisher.