According to a story published on Sunday by Axios, outgoing Los Angeles Mayor Eric Michael Garcetti lacks the votes on the Senate floor to be confirmed as US Ambassador to India.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Majority Leader, has accepted defeat.
Following Black Lives Matter activists conducted protests outside his home in Los Angeles after the 2020 election, requesting that President-elect Joe Biden not include him among top cabinet members, Garcetti was considered a long shot for the Cabinet.
Garcetti has long been viewed as a symbol of authority by the Black Lives Matter movement, however, he has gone to great lengths to satisfy them, including infamously removing $150 million from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) during the 2020 riots.
Breitbart News asked Garcetti to describe “structural racism” in the United States when he was repeating Democratic Party rhetoric. “Systemic racism is racism that is ingrained into systems,” Garcetti responded flatly.
Despite widespread displeasure with his management of the city’s chronic homelessness crisis, Garcetti was re-elected by a large margin in 2017. With crime on the rise in recent years, an ambassadorship provided a dignified exit.
While Garcetti’s candidacy breezed through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he hit a snag when Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) requested that his nomination be put on hold due to allegations that he overlooked sexual misbehavior in his office.
Republican Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, a fellow Iowan, followed suit. Rick Jacobs, a former Garcetti assistant who has been accused of sexual harassment, is the subject of the allegations. Some victims disagree with Garcetti’s claim that he was unaware of the incident.
In a piece headed “Schumer admits defeat on Garcetti as India ambassador,” Axios.com reported on Sunday.
During the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, when Los Angeles imposed draconian lockdowns on local homes and businesses, Garcetti’s slogan was “Safer at Home.” Garcetti turned out to be “safer at home” than he was in India after all.