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Eric Garcetti’s parents register to lobby for their son’s ambassador bid


The parents of Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti have enlisted the help of prominent lobbyists to aid their son’s beleaguered nomination to serve as U.S. ambassador to India.

McGuireWoods Consulting registered to lobby on behalf of Sukey and Gil Garcetti on Thursday for the purposes of “Outreach Related to Confirmation for Ambassadorship Nomination.” The lobbyists on the account include a former chief of staff to Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) Ryan Bernstein and Garcetti’s own former deputy mayor and longtime advisor, Breelyn Pete.

The registration is the latest sign that Garcetti’s allies are turning over every possible stone to get his nomination across the finish line.

Bernstein did not immediately return a request for comment.

That nomination has floundered amid accusations that the mayor’s top aide, Rick Jacobs, had sexually assault women on the staff. Garcetti has insisted that he knew nothing of Jacobs’ conduct, which came to light because of a whistleblower report and includes allegations from his former Communications Director Naomi Seligman that Jacobs grabbed and kissed her in front of other city staffers.

But the controversy has dogged the Los Angeles mayor. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.) recently completed an investigation into the matter. While it did not find a smoking gun showing Garcetti did have direct knowledge of Jacobs’ behavior (several key individuals declined to participate in his investigation) it did conclude that“,”link”:{“target”:”NEW”,”attributes”:[],”url”:”https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/10/eric-garcetti-aide-alleged-misconduct-chuck-grassley-00031553″,”_id”:”00000180-e2c2-d353-a3b0-ebff5ddf0002″,”_type”:”33ac701a-72c1-316a-a3a5-13918cf384df”},”_id”:”00000180-e2c2-d353-a3b0-ebff5ddf0003″,”_type”:”02ec1f82-5e56-3b8c-af6e-6fc7c8772266″}”>did conclude that Garcetti likely knew about a top aide’s alleged sexual misconduct.

Garcetti would need 50 Senate votes for confirmation. But, so far, he does not have the backing of the entire Democratic Caucus, leaving a crucial diplomatic post vacant for nearly a year.

Gil Garcetti served as Los Angeles County’s district attorney during which the office oversaw the prosecution of O.J. Simpson.

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