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Bill Clinton to join Wendy Greuel at Saturday event

April 19, 2013|By Seema Mehta
  • President Clinton speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative at Washington University this month in St. Louis.
President Clinton speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative at Washington… (Jeff Roberson / Associated…)

Bill Clinton will appear with mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel in the Los Angeles-area on Saturday, according to a source familiar with the plan.

Additional details about the event, which is expected to include other Greuel supporters, were not available Friday.

Clinton backed  Greuel’s bid in March, in what was viewed as among the most significant endorsements in the campaign. In addition to being beloved by Democrats, Clinton has long-standing ties with African American voters and is appealing to some moderate Republicans – two critical voting blocs in the May 21 runoff against City Councilman Eric Garcetti.

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"In her many years of public service in Los Angeles...Wendy has personified good, honest and effective government, improving the lives of countless Angelenos while saving millions of their tax dollars," Clinton wrote in a letter to supporters when he announced his endorsement. "And she's not done yet. Los Angeles is a great city with equally great challenges, so it's vital that Angelenos elect a proven, creative problem solver to lead them. That's Wendy Greuel."

Greuel’s history with the president and his family is deep – she served in the Clinton administration and was an early and active supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unsuccessful 2008 bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Garcetti has longstanding ties to the current occupant of the White House, but President Obama’s spokesman has said that he doesn’t plan to weigh in on a Democrat-verses-Democrat race.

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