Two long time allies on the Los Angeles City Council Jan Perry and Bernard Parks have joined forces to endorse their colleague Eric Garcetti for Mayor of Los Angeles.
"I am proud to endorse Eric Garcetti for mayor," Perry said. "I spent the last two years seeing the candidates up close. It's clear that the best choice for mayor is Eric Garcetti. Eric has the independence we need to balance the budget. Eric will bring opportunity to South L.A. and across Los Angeles just like he has in neighborhoods like Hollywood and Echo Park, which have been dramatically revitalized through his leadership."
Perry, who received the endorsement of the Sentinel, but finished fourth in the primary also added; “It would have been easy for me to sit on the sidelines and let the chips fall where they may.” “But it was clear to me that this was not an option. There has been and there will be a tremendous amount of money donated to one candidate in this race from various special interests and I believe that we need to take a stand to let everyone know that the city of Los Angeles cannot be bought.”
In what promises to be a high stakes and contentious affair, both Greuel and Garcetti are the last two standing to become the city’s next mayor on May 21st.
Parks, who has consistently stood with Perry in City Hall on numerous occasions, joined with his former colleague and friend in siding with Garcetti for mayor.
“I’ve worked with both candidates up close and know first-hand that Eric Garcetti is the best choice for mayor. Eric has a demonstrated record creating jobs and solving problems for his constituents and has the independence necessary to balance our budget,” Parks said. “Eric will be a mayor who will create opportunity for my constituents and in every L.A. community. You can see the difference he can make in neighborhoods like Hollywood. I strongly endorse Eric Garcetti for mayor.”
Parks, who is in the final term as councilman for the Eighth District, also endorsed Perry’s failed primary effort.
Ironically, Perry vied to become the first woman mayor of the city, but now Greuel aims for that.
Perry’s endorsement of Garcetti may also be fueled by what she deemed to be personal attacks against her finances by Greuel during the primary.
Greuel called her after the primary, but Perry said she did not return the call.
“It was clear to me that I didn’t need to engage in any false pretenses because that’s not who I am,” Perry said.
The former councilwoman accused Greuel of not respecting her and alleged that she respected Perry so little that she would dig into her “personal background and then mischaracterize it to boot.”