Mayor Garcetti: Using City Email to Send Hillary Clinton Endorsement Was ‘A mistake’

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Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks at a press conference on Mayor’s National Climate Change Action Agenda during the second day of the Clinton Global Initiative’s 10th Annual Meeting at the Sheraton New York Hotel Towers on Sept. 22, 2014. (Credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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Mayor Eric Garcetti, members of the Los Angeles City Council and general managers from various city departments gathered at the Emergency Operations Center just east of downtown Friday to talk to reporters about the importance of preparing for the upcoming winter storms. But when it came time for questions, the first question had nothing to do with floods or mudslides.

One day after the embarrassing roll out of the mayor’s endorsement of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, reporters wanted to know: “What does it say about the competency of your staff?”

The mayor’s endorsement was initially sent from a city of Los Angeles email account. The release included links to the Mayor’s Office social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and listed the Mayor’s Communications Office as a contact for further questions. An hour later, a second email was sent to reporters that read “Today’s statement on Hillary Clinton was sent in error.”

“It was a mistake. It was completely righted,” Garcetti said Friday. “The email was rescinded, though the endorsement was not and I’m very proud to have endorsed Hillary Clinton.”

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