Los Angeles mayoral hopeful Wendy Greuel on Monday became the latest beneficiary of Bill Clinton's five-year thank-you tour, when the former president endorsed her over another Democrat in the upcoming runoff election. Greuel, the city's controller, served as a senior advisor at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Clinton administration. But more importantly, while serving on City Council Greuel backed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential bid.
Meanwhile, Greuel's opponent in the May 21 runoff, city Councilman Eric Garcetti, has highlighted his ties to President Obama, for whom he served as state campaign co-chair and superdelegate in 2008.
Greuel joins a growing list of candidates who supported Clinton's wife in the 2008 race, whom the former president later endorsed in Democrat-on-Democrat races. Last year, Clinton endorsed New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell, who had been drawn into the same district as Democratic Rep. Steve Rothman (Pascrell cruised to victory in the primary). Clinton also endorsed then-Rep. Mark Critz in 2012, who beat Jason Altmire in Pennsylvania's 12th District.
Not every Clinton-endorsed candidate has won, however. In 2010, then-Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff came up short in a Democratic primary against appointed Sen. Michael Bennet. Clinton later campaigned for Bennet prior to the general election.
And, as the Los Angeles Times points out, Clinton also supported then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in the 2010 California gubernatorial race. Newsom, who had endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, ultimately dropped out of the race before Jerry Brown won the Democratic primary.
As for Garcetti, the Times reports that he "has maintained close ties" to Obama and "was among a small group of supporters invited to the White House for a champagne toast the night of Obama’s second-term inauguration."
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