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Garcetti takes self out of running for role in Biden administration

LA’s Jewish mayor, a co-chair of president-elect’s campaign who helped with VP selection of Kamala Harris, says he has more work to do on pandemic, police brutality in California

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference at Stubhub Center in Carson, outside of Los Angeles, California, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference at Stubhub Center in Carson, outside of Los Angeles, California, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

JTA — Los Angeles’ Jewish mayor won’t be Washington bound.

Eric Garcetti says he is taking himself out of the running for a job in the Biden administration, Politico reported Thursday. Garcetti was a co-chair of Joe Biden’s campaign and helped select Kamala Harris, a California senator, as Biden’s running mate.

Garcetti, nearing the end of his second term, said he is still needed in his city, as he grapples with the pandemic and with the aftermath of protests against police brutality.

“Joe Biden has told me for the last two years that he was very interested in me coming to Washington, DC, and there were things on the table for me,” Garcetti told Politico. “As the administration reached out to me about serving, I let them know early this week that my city needs me now, and then I want to be here and that I need to be here.”

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