Published On: Tue, Jul 13th, 2021

Garcetti’s Likely Departure to India Will Leave Behind Many Unresolved Issues

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Commentary President Joe Biden is nominating Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to be the new ambassador to India. In a statement regarding his nomination, the mayor acknowledged neither that his moving to India will put him into political obscurity, nor the possible benefits some direct international experience may have later in his career. Of the four nominations announced by the president, Garcetti is the only person who does not have previous diplomatic experience. Garcetti said in the statement, “every day I am your mayor, I will continue to lead this city like it is my first day on the job, with passion, focus, and determination.” Los Angeles city council has the power to fill Garcetti’s role if he leaves office. With two of the fifteen council members and the county’s district attorney facing recall petitions, it is likely the backroom deal making will be heavily weighed against appointing a caretaker …

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