LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s name has surfaced again as a possible nominee for a position in the administration of President Joe Biden, five months after he said he had turned down a federal post.
Garcetti is one of several candidates under consideration for the position of U.S. ambassador to India, the political news site Axios reported Tuesday.
In December, the mayor said he had turned down an unspecified job with the Biden administration and would stay in Los Angeles to lead pandemic relief efforts. However, Garcetti hasn’t publicly ruled out leaving before his second term ends in December 2022.
His spokesman Alex Comisar called the Axios report “speculative.”
“We aren’t going to engage in speculation. We’re 100% focused on ending the COVID pandemic and passing a justice budget for the city,” Comisar said Tuesday.
Comisar declined to comment when asked if Garcetti was being vetted by Biden’s team.
The mayor was an early supporter of Biden in the presidential race and served as a co-chair of his campaign committee.
Garcetti’s departure could set off a chain of political events in Los Angeles.
Under the City Charter, the City Council has the power to select someone to fill the remainder of a mayor’s unfinished term. Who that would be is far from clear.
Two elected officials — City Attorney Mike Feuer and Councilman Joe Buscaino — are already running for Garcetti’s seat in the June 2022 primary election, but several others could jump in. Council members are unlikely to select anyone running for mayor to serve in an interim capacity.