President Biden is looking for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to become the next U.S. ambassador to India.
There were rumors that the White House had been planning the move since May, but Garcetti’s eight-year-old LA mayor, 12 years on the city council and 12 years as a naval reserve intelligence officer, officially announced it on Friday.
“I am proud to have accepted his candidacy to serve in this role,” Garcetti replied on Twitter.
In addition to his time in LA politics, Garcetti also presided over Biden’s 2020 presidential fireplace, and even last summer on Acesparks, that contender Biden argued that he had “a unique skill” to get the U.S. out of the coronavirus ndemic. .
LA MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI WILL REPLACE THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION
The governor had earlier asked to be removed from the Cabinet last year when the U.S. coronavirus crisis was at its height. Currently, COVID-19 deaths and new infectious diseases are on the rise in India.
“I have dedicated my life to service – as an activist, a teacher, a naval officer, a civil servant and, if confirmed, the next ambassador,” he wrote in his next tweet. “The meaning of this commitment is that when your nation calls, you answer that call.”
He added that the launch of this work “will help strengthen Los Angeles’ position on the world stage.”
Garcetti’s achievements in LA include the city’s light rail service and coronavirus treatment – but critics have surprised him by failing to address the homeless crisis.
Meanwhile, the former aide is accused of sexually assaulting one of his bodyguards, and the mayor laughed at him, a claim he denied. And one of his former deputy governors is currently on trial on federal corruption charges.
Other ambassadors nominated by the White House on Friday are Denis Campbell Bauer, a Democratic fundraiser for France and Monaco; Peter Haas, a longtime foreign service officer for Bangladesh; and Bernadette Meehan, an Obama-era national security aide for Chile.
Candidates go to the Senate for approval.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.