Via LA Times
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Sunday endorsed Wendy Greuel in the L.A. mayoral race.
“As I have watched the election unfold, I have become convinced that the candidate best able to lead all of Los Angeles during this troubled time is City Controller Wendy Greuel,” Ridley-Thomas said. “I have known Wendy for over 25 years. I have confidence in Wendy Greuel. She is a committed problem solver, whose knowledge of city government, experience and appeal to all segments of our city equips her to lead.”
Ridley-Thomas served on the City Council and in the state Senate and Assembly before being elected to the county Board of Supervisors in 2008. He did not weigh in during the mayoral primary, but on Sunday urged his supporters to back Greuel in her May 21 runoff against Councilman Eric Garcetti.
He did not explicitly criticize Garcetti, but when asked why he chose the city controller over the councilman, he said it was because of Greuel’s record.
“Wendy’s experience is broader and deeper as a policy maker, as a problem solver and as a leader,” he said. “And that’s the combination of skills and experiences that I think Los Angeles needs.”
He cited Greuel’s endorsements by both the L.A. County Federation of Labor and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce as proof that she could build consensus.
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