Campaign 2013

Greuel gets another big labor endorsement - almost

greuel-300-tight.jpgThe County Federation of Labor sat out the mayoral primary, but after appeals from the candidates on Tuesday the group's political committee recommended backing for Wendy Greuel. That doesn't mean Eric Garcetti didn't try to win the backing of the powerful federation of unions, saying in the closed-door meeting that "I'm doing more to promote labor … on issues that you care about than anybody else in this race." Greuel, meanwhile, argued her case by telling the union members that "I'm gonna stand with labor, not stand up to labor." She added: “When I go out to parts of the city and they say to me, ‘I’m not sure I can vote for you because you’re the labor candidate.’ Guess what? I’m proud to have labor support," Greuel said. There could be negative baggage in having too much labor affiliation in a year in which the voters want pension reform, but the County Fed endorsement could also mean workers and money. Not that it always helps: In 2001, the Fed backed Antonio Villaraigosa, who lost to Jim Hahn. In 2005, the Fed switched to Hahn, and he lost to Villaraigosa. LAT, LA Weekly, KPCC

Menwhile, on Tuesday night the county's Democratic Party delegates declined to endorse either Garcetti or Greuel. With 117 votes needed to reach the 60 percent threshold, Garcetti received 105 votes to Greuel's 81. Daily News

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