L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, prominent Biden ally, implicated in harassment cover-up

l.a. mayor eric garcetti, prominent biden ally, implicated in harassment cover-up

Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was selected by President Joe Biden as his nomination for U.S. Ambassador to India, pending Senate confirmation, at City Hall on Friday, July 9, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Eric Garcetti, the outgoing mayor of Los Angeles, has been waiting almost 500 days for a Senate vote on his nomination as U.S. ambassador to India, and a narrative has taken hold in Washington that partisan politics are to blame for the extraordinary delay.

Garcetti, after all, is a high-profile political ally of President Biden’s, one of the earliest champions of his White House run in 2020, and a regular punching bag for Republicans who like to portray L.A. and other heavily Democratic large cities as cesspools of homelessness, crime and liberal values run amok.

The narrative, though, is wrong and needs to be corrected, especially since Democratic leaders may now be considering bringing Garcetti’s nomination to the Senate floor in the waning weeks before the turnover to a new Congress.

The fact is that Garcetti enjoyed strong support from both Republicans and Democrats for several months after he was nominated, sailing through his Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing without a single dissenting vote on either side of the aisle. What changed was that my organization, Whistleblower Aid, came forward with compelling evidence that Mayor Garcetti had allowed sexual harassment and abuse to run rampant in his administration for years and then lied about it under oath in his Senate confirmation hearing.

Trump’s lasting legacy: Scandals don’t hurt politicians like Matt Gaetz and Andrew Cuomo

After filing our initial complaint in February, we spoke to dozens of Senate offices, both Republican and Democrat, and many of them expressed concern about Garcetti’s fitness to serve based in part on the evidence we presented. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, commissioned a report of his own, produced by his investigative staff on the Senate Judiciary Committee after an in-depth investigation of documents and numerous victims, which confirmed and in some cases amplified our findings, concluding that Garcetti either knew about the abuse or should have known.

Senators placed at least two holds on the nomination, meaning that it could no longer go through with an up-and-down vote but required floor time for debate. Despite continuing pressure from the White House to push the nomination through regardless of mounting disturbing concerns, several Democrats — including Mark Kelly of Arizona, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York — indicated publicly that they either needed to look into the matter further or were reluctant to support Garcetti. The cross-party consensus over the summer was that the nomination was “dangling by a thread.”

Garcetti has been unable to redeem himself since the summer — despite the efforts of expensive lobbyists hired by his parents. If anything, the case against him has become more compelling as new witnesses have come forward to corroborate allegations that Garcetti knew his longtime top aide, Rick Jacobs, routinely cowed City Hall staffers by kissing them on the mouth, massaging them, locking them in long and unwanted bear hugs, grabbing their buttocks, and using crude sexual and racist language in the office.

Want a daily wrap-up of all the news and commentary Salon has to offer? Subscribe to our morning newsletter, Crash Course.

Sworn testimony from a lawsuit filed against the city of Los Angeles, along with texts, emails and other documentary evidence, indicate that this abusive behavior was common knowledge in the Garcetti administration and that the mayor not only knew about it but often witnessed it himself and did nothing to stop it.

Despite heavy pressure from Garcetti’s senior staff to keep quiet about what they know, about a dozen people, most of them City Hall insiders with long track records in Democratic Party politics, have described their experiences of Jacobs’ behavior and of the mayor’s privately acknowledgments that his most trusted confidant was a lawsuit waiting to happen.

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Garcetti insisted he never saw Jacobs behaving inappropriately and was never told about any problems with him. “I also want to assure you,” he went on, “that if it had been [brought to my attention], I would have immediately taken action to stop that.”

The evidentiary record, however, suggests otherwise. Garcetti, his wife, his chief of staff and Jacobs himself all acknowledged, when interviewed for a city-commissioned investigation, that Jacobs would often kiss people on the mouth at city-related social events. Garcetti’s former chief legal counsel testified in a lawsuit deposition that Jacobs once pushed himself against her in a Senate building elevator and was so insistent that the mayor had to tell him to “cut it out” — a story Garcetti has never denied.

Our client, former mayoral communications director Naomi Seligman, testified under oath that the mayor was present on multiple occasions when she saw Jacobs touching members of the mayor’s security detail. One of those security officers, Matt Garza, is the plaintiff in the lawsuit against the city and alleges that Mayor Garcetti would sometimes laugh when Jacobs made crude remarks about him.

Garcetti’s shameful record as an enabler of sexual abuse is not a partisan matter. Senators of both parties are rightly concerned that an ambassador in a politically vital country needs to be able to speak with a clear moral voice, particularly given India’s record of rampant sexual violence against women. Such a record does not just make Garcetti unfit to be confirmed. It should be disqualifying for anyone seeking any public office, anywhere.

Read more

about harassment scandals

News Related


Former Shanghai bookseller's wife hit with 'exit ban'

Miao Yu takes a break between class at the west campus of Valencia College, Monday, Jan. 30, 2023, in Orlando, Fla. Yu, a former bookseller, left China after his store ... Read more »

Famous Dodgers Scout Passes Away

Ralph Avila, who spent over 50 years affiliated with the Dodgers and their presence in the Dominican Republic, passed away on Monday at the age of 92. Former Dodgers scout ... Read more »

Ron Howard Remembers American Graffiti Costar Cindy Williams: 'A Big Sister Energy Around Me'

Christopher Ameruoso Cindy Williams The entertainment world is reacting to the loss of Cindy Williams, who died Monday at the age of 75. Ron Howard, who originally starred with her ... Read more »

Kansas City police search for missing 14-year-old girl

Kansas City police search for missing 14-year-old girl KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City police are searching for a missing teen who was last seen leaving school Monday. Police said ... Read more »

Linda C. Black Horoscopes: January 31

Nancy Black Today’s Birthday (01/31/23). Fortune follows creativity, communication and connection this year. Regular practices develop personal goals into achievements. Household changes require adaptation this winter, enabling a productive, creative ... Read more »

Puzzle solutions for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Note: Most subscribers have some, but not all, of the puzzles that correspond to the following set of solutions for their local newspaper. CROSSWORDS USA TODAY crossword Start the day ... Read more »

Adani Drops Off List of World’s Top 10 Richest People

Gautam Adani, chairman of Adani Group, speaks during the Forbes CEO Summit in Singapore, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. India needs fossil fuels to serve large populations and getting rid ... Read more »

Player grades: Warriors vs. Thunder

Player grades: Warriors vs. Thunder The Golden State Warriors continued to show their improved performance on the road on Monday night, beating a pesky and talented Oklahoma City Thunder squad ... Read more »

US births increased in 2021 for 1st time in 7 years: CDC

US births increased in 2021 for 1st time in 7 years: CDC There were 3.66 million babies born in 2021, according to the report. The number of births in the ... Read more »

Stephen Curry breaks Wilt Chamberlain’ Warriors record with epic scoring vs. Thunder

1/30/23 Another game for the Golden State Warriors, another history for Stephen Curry. On Monday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Curry exploded for 38 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the ... Read more »

Jaafar Jackson, Michael Jackson's nephew, will play King of Pop in Antoine Fuqua biopic

Playing the singing and dancing phenom that was Michael Jackson on screen was never going to be an easy task. Which perhaps explains why producers behind a planned biopic have ... Read more »

Adani Share Sale Fate Hangs in Balance as Rout Hits $75 Billion

(Bloomberg) — The selloff in Adani Group shares continued on Tuesday as Asia’s richest man seeks to complete a $2.5 billion equity sale by its flagship firm amid the turmoil ... Read more »

Black woman gets attacked by White man, but the cops arrest her [VIDEO]

Black woman attacked by White man and arrested by cops Black woman attacked by White man and arrested by cops It’s funny how people can attack the media for reporting ... Read more »

Priscilla Presley disputes Lisa Marie Presley's trust

Lisa Marie Presley made a 2016 amendment to her living trust, removing Priscilla and a former business manager as trustees, replacing them with her children, Riley and Benjamin Keough Read more »

North Texas Districts Close, Cancel Activities Due to Winter Weather

NBC Universal, Inc. What to Know A Winter Storm Warning is in effect until noon Wednesday. Wintry precipitation is expected to come in three waves, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with ... Read more »

Missing Tomball teen last seen leaving school on Monday, police say

Police said they were searching for Anthony Reyes, who was last seen leaving school on Monday. Read more »

Family of amputee killed by police has a message for officers: ‘Anthony was loved’

Dorothy Lowe wept as she stood outside the Huntington Park Police Department on Monday, struggling at times to speak before a bank of television cameras. It had been four days ... Read more »

‘I Did Him So Bad': Did Alex Murdaugh Admit to Killing His Son?

The quote is debated. Murdaugh either said to police "I did him so bad" or "they did him so bad" in relation to his murdered son not long after his death Read more »

Jinger Duggar Says Brother Josh Was 'Living a Lie' Prior to His Arrest in New Book Excerpt (Exclusive)

Jinger Duggar Says Brother Josh Was ‘Living a Lie’ Prior to His Arrest in New Book Excerpt (Exclusive) Jinger Duggar is getting candid about her faith journey and family life ... Read more »

Police, city leaders, and community members come together for an open conversation

Police, city leaders, and community members come together for an open conversation Columbus police, city leaders, and community members gathered for an open conversation, sparked by the death of Tyre ... Read more »

After Injury, Doncic Returns to Score 53, Mavericks Beat Pistons

Getty Images Luka Doncic had 53 points in his return to the lineup and Spencer Dinwiddie scored 10 of his 12 in the fourth quarter as the Dallas Mavericks rallied ... Read more »

Small Things That Can Make A Huge Difference For The Homeless Population In Your Area

Homeless man sitting on sidewalk According to EarthWeb’s latest 2023 report, there are over 326,000 people living in transitional housing and homeless shelters in the United States. That figure doesn’t include ... Read more »

Alex Murdaugh Jury Shown GRUESOME New Crime Scene Photos Showing Aftermath Of The Bloody Attack On His Wife & Son

mega New crime scene photos were shown to the jury in the double homicide trial for South Carolina father Alex Murdaugh. The previously unreleased photos showed the gruesome murder of ... Read more »

Michigan deputy resigns after bodies of woman, 2 sons found frozen

An autopsy report listed hypothermia as the cause of their deaths. The deputy's name has not been revealed. Read more »

Tyre Nichols video is call to look at police training, expert says

Dr. Mitchel Roth is a criminal justice professor and said he's seeing a change in his students with fewer of them wanting to become police officers. Read more »

Pregnant woman rides out tornado inside Skateworld in Deer Park

As cleanup efforts continue across Pasadena and Deer Park, more stories of survival are emerging. It's been one week since a devastating EF-3 tornado hit the region. Read more »

Lisa Marie Presley's trust papers challenged by mother Priscilla Presley

LOS ANGELES — Priscilla Presley is challenging a purported amendment to the trust of her daughter, late singer Lisa Marie Presley, that would give her grandchild control of rock ‘n’ ... Read more »

3 Injured After Speeding Vehicle Hits Sedan, Pedestrians in Chatham

At least three people were injured after a speeding vehicle blew through a red light and slammed into a sedan, which then struck multiple pedestrians on Chicago’s South Side Monday ... Read more »

Powerball winning numbers for Monday's $613M jackpot

There were no winning tickets that matched all six numbers drawn in Saturday night’s Powerball drawing. That means Monday night’s jackpot is worth an estimated $613 million. The cash value ... Read more »

Tesla Has a $2.2 Million Battery Range Problem

As electric vehicles occupy an ever-increasing segment of the new car market, questions arise concerning how life with an EV looks. Gasoline-powered car operation is predictable primarily because it’s been ... Read more »

Defense faults crime scene collection in Alex Murdaugh trial

States evidence presented in the Alex Murdaugh trial Friday Jan. 27, 2023 at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro. Grace Beahm Alford/The Post and Courier/Pool Defense attorneys in South Carolina ... Read more »

Mesquite Nonprofit Provides Hotel Rooms for Those Experiencing Homelessness

NBCDFW.com The freezing temperatures change the pace of services for nonprofits across North Texas. Some of the North Texas Food Bank’s partner food pantries, like Sharing Life Community Outreach, have ... Read more »

Monterey Park shooter voiced paranoid threats to police years before opening fire, records show

Three decades before he shot 11 people to death in a Monterey Park ballroom, Huu Can Tran told police he believed relatives of a woman he’d been dating had threatened ... Read more »

Top 10 Movies With the Most Academy Award Wins

Top 10 Movies With the Most Academy Award Wins The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, comprise one of the, if not the most prestigious, awards you can hope ... Read more »

'A family that has been shattered' – Bremerton teen gets 14-year sentence in murder case

PORT ORCHARD – Lola Luna, 18, found guilty by a jury in December of the murder of 16-year-old Syanna Puryear-Tucker, was sentenced on Monday to 14 years in prison. The ... Read more »

Ability Fighters Codes (February 2023) - New Release!

Roblox Ability Fighters is an experience developed by Denim Studio for the platform. In this game, you will be fighting against other players using a variety of abilities that you ... Read more »

24 Of The Funniest Tweets About Married Life (Jan. 17-30)

Marriage is full of highs, lows and a whole bunch of ordinary moments in between. Somehow, the spouses of Twitter continue to find humor in the minutiae of married life ― ... Read more »

Philadelphia would-be carjacker shot at by licensed gun owner while attempting to steal car: police

An attempted carjacking in Philadelphia was thwarted by a licensed gun owner who fired back at the would-be thief, police said. The confrontation occurred just after 11 p.m. Saturday in ... Read more »

Pedestrian fatally struck by car on busy N.J. highway, investigators say

A person was fatally struck by a car Monday night along a busy Freehold Township highway, authorities said. A spokesperson for the Freehold Township Police Department told NJ Advance Media ... Read more »

Powerball Live Drawing Results for Monday, January 30, 2023: Winning Numbers

Powerball Live Drawing Results for Monday, January 30, 2023: Winning Numbers A new Poweball drawing is here and the ticket holders are anxious to know the winning numbers, so here ... Read more »
Kênh kiến thức kỹ năng, phát triển bản thân, hướng nghiệp, blog nhân sự