First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid

First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid
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Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats call for diversity among new Federal Reserve Bank presidents Progressives push back on decision to shrink Biden's paid family leave program Emanuel to take hot seat in Senate confirmation hearing MORE (D-N.J.) became the first U.S. senator to back Rep. Karen BassKaren Ruth BassDemocratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List MORE’s (D-Calif.) bid to become the next mayor of Los Angeles.

"As a former mayor myself, I know what it takes to lead a city — and I know with certainty that Karen is going to be a terrific mayor. Los Angeles is a world class city — this local race will have national and international implications. Karen is the leader L.A. needs,” Booker said in a statement on Friday.

“She has always been an unwavering voice for progress in the halls of Congress and a champion of fighting for long overdue reforms of our criminal justice system and advancing civil rights. We’ll miss her in the Capitol, but her hometown will be lucky to have her leadership and heart," he added.

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Bass officially entered Los Angeles’s mayoral race in late September after weeks of speculation. 

The endorsement from Booker, who previously served as Newark, N.J.’s mayor from 2006 to 2013, is also notable because he was among two other lawmakers whom Bass worked with on police reform negotiations. 

The list of other endorsements Bass has received include California Democratic Reps. Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Bass gets mayoral endorsement from former California senator MORE, Judy ChuJudy May ChuFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Grassley commends Korean American judicial nominee for 'hard work ethic' of 'you and your people' MORE, Mike Levin, Ted LieuTed W. LieuLet's build a superhighway in space Hillicon Valley — Presented by American Edge Project — Americans blame politicians, social media for spread of misinformation: poll Democrats urge federal agencies to address use of cryptocurrencies for ransomware payments MORE, Alan LowenthalAlan Stuart Lowenthal Ban on new offshore drilling must stay in the Build Back Better Act First senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List MORE, Katie Porter, Lucille Roybal-AllardLucille Roybal-AllardFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Bass gets mayoral endorsement from former California senator MORE and Juan VargasJuan C. VargasFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Bass gets mayoral endorsement from former California senator MORE, according to her campaign website. She has also received an endorsement from former Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara Levy BoxerFirst senator formally endorses Bass in LA mayoral bid Bass receives endorsement from EMILY's List Bass gets mayoral endorsement from former California senator MORE (D-Calif.)

Several other Democrats have also announced Los Angeles mayoral bids, including City Councilman Joe Buscaino (D), City Councilman and former state Senate leader Kevin de León (D) and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer (D).