No one. But that has not stopped many of the dozen candidates running to succeed the termed-out Garcetti to exploit any connection – or photo – they may have with the outgoing 13th District councilman. Photos of a smiling Garcetti, who is running for mayor, appear on candidate websites and the glossy flyers that are flooding the mailboxes of registered voters in Council District 13, which includes Atwater Village, Hollywood Echo Park and Silver Lake. In fact, a door hanger mailer for UCLA teacher Octavio Pescador gives the impression that he and Garcetti, dressed in his naval uniform, are on the same ticket. The door hanger in Spanish proclaims: ¡Vota Garcetti y Pescador!
Meanwhile, a mailer for former Garcetti advisor Mitch O’Farrell features a large photo af O’Farrell and his former boss with the L.A. River in the background. While the two men are all smiles in the photo, Garcetti declined to back O’Farrell, who won the L.A. Times endorsement, and even made him resign about a year ago after O’Farrell made it clear he intended to run.
Another photo of Garcetti, smiling, of course, with his arms crossed appears on the side of a mailer that asks the question, “Who has the experience we need to follow in his footsteps?” Turn the mailer over and you will discover a photo of candidate Matt Szabo, who is also smiling with his arms crossed. “As Deputy Mayor, there was no Councilmember I worked closer with than Eric Garcetti,” Szabo says in the flyer.
Is there any chance Garcetti will issue a last minute endorsement before the March 5 primary next Tuesday? A Garcetti spokesman this week said: “No.”