Mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel unveiled three more endorsements today that are actually kind of interesting. One of them is Robert Hertzberg, the former Speaker of the Assembly who ran for mayor in 2005 as sort of a voice from the Valley, lost in the primary then joined Antonio Villaraigosa's campaign and had the title role in the transition. Since then he has apparently been making gads of money making business deals, and occasionally floating his name as a candidate for office again.
“Wendy Greuel’s authenticity, her passion and drive for excellence in city government, coupled with her proven ability to deliver tangible results for the residents of LA are why I’m pleased to give her my enthusiastic endorsement,” Hertzberg says in the release from Greuel's campaign. “She’s the only candidate in the race with an extensive background of working in the private sector who knows what it’s like to be a small business owner and work as an executive. At the same time, she knows how to navigate city government because of her work under former Mayor Tom Bradley, and as an elected City Councilmember and City Controller.”
Greuel's campaign also announced the backing of United Farm Workers union legend Dolores Huerta and of John Mack, formerly president of the Los Angeles police commission and of the Urban League of Los Angeles. Greuel's release leads with Huerta:
“This is a watershed moment in my campaign. I am deeply honored to have the support of these three inspirational leaders,” said Controller Greuel. “Their support and ongoing strategic advice will be invaluable as we work together to move Los Angeles forward.”
One of the most respected leaders in the Latino community, Dolores Huerta co-founded United Farm Workers alongside Cesar Chavez. Huerta recently received the Medal of Freedom from President Obama for her lifetime of dedication to social justice and civil rights.
"In a field of impressive candidates, I'm supporting Wendy Greuel because I know she has what it takes to stand up for working families as Mayor," Huerta said. "Wendy is an effective leader who gets things done and her integrity is unmatched. Wendy has a strong, lifelong commitment to civil rights and equality and will be a Mayor for all Angelenos."