The mayor of Los Angeles – expected to seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination – is using his political ties in Hollywood to fundraise across the nation, Politico reports.
Eric Garcetti, 47, is "drawing small-state parties across state lines and offering them an opportunity to tap into one of the nation's most lucrative donor bases, while providing himself a rare platform to connect with operatives in the key early-voting states that make or break presidential campaigns," writes Politico's David Siders.
And Democratic bigwigs are taking the bait.
At one fundraiser in South Carolina, the Palmetto State's Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson said to Garcetti and a group of supporters, "After the mess we've got in Washington, we all may need somebody who's got experience managing a large government and an economy."
Garcetti's advisers insist, though, to Politico that his party fundraising efforts focus on the midterm elections.
The mayor, now in his second term, comes from a politically connected family. His father Gil was Los Angeles district attorney and prosecuted O.J. Simpson.
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