Questions Arise Over Garcetti’s Political Ambitions at Start of His Second Term

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Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at a news conference after the City Council gave its final approval to a proposal that could bring the 2024 Olympic Games to Southern California in 2024. (Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti flew to Wisconsin for a Democratic Party gathering in the presidential swing state last month, he went well-rehearsed for questions about his career plans.

A Milwaukee news anchor asked him, predictably, whether a big-city mayor might capture the White House.

“No mayor’s been president since Grover Cleveland,” Garcetti responded, casting doubt on his insistence back home that he spends no time thinking about such things.

As Garcetti prepares to be sworn in Saturday for his second term as mayor, speculation about whether he might soon run for governor or U.S. Senate has given way to a new question: Could he be seriously considering a campaign for president?

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