Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel stood on the lawn of Grand Park in downtown on Sunday evening to announce her endorsement by L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, whose African American constituency is a coveted voting bloc in the May runoff election against City Councilman Eric Garcetti.
It was Greuel's first appearance since a dramatic shake-up in her campaign staff late last week. She hired a new manager and four people resigned, leaving observers to wonder if the change of horses midstream indicated a lack of confidence.
"We're not changing horses, we're just bringing in additional resources," Greuel said Sunday. Pressed about the departures, Greuel said, "I'm not talking about personnel issues."
The endorsement from Ridley-Thomas could help Greuel with African American voters, who constitute a relatively small percentage of the city's population but who, along with white conservatives in the San Fernando valley, are viewed as potential swing votes.