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Oct112017

L.A. CITY HALL: Mayor Eric Garcetti, political future?: "Los Angeles mayor plays coy on possible runs for governor, president"; also, commentary (Dan Morain), "Is L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti being coy about running for governor? If so, he'd be formidable" ....  ....

***Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, political future?

* Los Angeles Times:  "Los Angeles mayor plays coy on possible runs for governor, president" - From the LAT:

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made clear from the outset of his appearance at the Sacramento Press Club on Tuesday that he would not be offering definitive pronouncements on his future. But his remarks did little to dampen what has become a rowdy parlor game among California politicos: speculating on just what Garcetti will do next.

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"I haven’t made a decision about governor," Garcetti said. "I’m going to take a little bit more time to think about it. And I’m much more focused on today, my responsibilities in L.A. than plotting my political future." He quickly pivoted to touting his years being active in national politics by collaborating with mayors across the country.

Garcetti said he has not committed to remaining as Los Angeles mayor until his term ends in 2022.

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Garcetti acknowledged he has contemplated a gubernatorial run and is having conversations to mull his options.

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One path he appeared to rule out definitively: challenging U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who announced Monday she will seek reelection next year. Garcetti, who is hosting a fundraiser for Feinstein on Tuesday night in Beverly Hills, swiped at Democrats who may consider taking her on. “The idea of Democrats challenging [Feinstein] right now — that is ripped from the corrosive playbook of our quote-unquote enemies," he said, adding that Democrats should focus their energies on flipping seats currently held by Republicans.

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* Sacramento Bee (Dan Morain):  "Is Eric Garcetti being coy about running for governor? If he gets in, he'd be formidable."