In what is a major “get” in any mayoral campaign, Congresswoman Karen Bass has landed the endorsements of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
“We are endorsing Karen Bass for Los Angeles Mayor because we are eager to continue to partner with her on innovative strategies to reduce homelessness and increase public safety and prosperity.
Karen Bass has our friendship, and she has earned our respect through her leadership in Congress on crime prevention strategies, effective and fair policing, and the welfare of children and families,” said President Biden and Vice President Harris.
Bass had been on the short list of those Biden considered as a running mate in 2020, and if elected, looked forward to the opportunity of working with them.
“The Biden-Harris Administration has delivered for America’s cities at an unprecedented level – on infrastructure, the environment, economic recovery and so much more,” said Bass. “I am excited to continue partnering with them when I get our city moving on homelessness, public safety, affordability and in ensuring every Los Angeles resident is treated equally and has an equal shot at success. It is a true honor to have their endorsement; President Biden and Vice President Harris are leaders that I respect and admire so much.”
The announcement comes on the heels of other key endorsements for Bass who finished first in a field of six in the primary election, beating out real estate mogul Rick Caruso by a margin of seven points.
Last month, Bass received the endorsement of Hillary Clinton, who posted her support on Twitter, writing “I’m proud to endorse (Bass) for mayor of LA because she’s a proven leader who will bring Angelenos together to solve problems while championing women’s rights and opportunities for young people,”
Other big endorsements came from the Los Angeles Federation of Labor, the CHIRLA Action Fund, California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, the Los Angeles County Democratic Partyand Senator Elizabeth Warren, who observed, “At this pivotal moment in our country, when the Supreme Court thinks it’s more important to protect guns than women, it’s more important than ever to elect local leaders that we can trust to do the right thing — because they’ve always done the right thing. Karen Bass has always fought for reproductive freedom, always fought for good-paying jobs for working families, and always fought to protect our planet. We have to move Los Angeles forward — and we’ve already seen what kind of damage an out-of-touch billionaire can do.”