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LA mayor's endorsement of Hillary Clinton sent in error, but the endorsement stands

Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement Thursday that he's endorsing fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. (File: Garcetti discusses a new deal he reached with Department of Water and Power workers on August 22nd, 2013 at Los Angeles City Hall.)
Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a statement Thursday that he's endorsing fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. (File: Garcetti discusses a new deal he reached with Department of Water and Power workers on August 22nd, 2013 at Los Angeles City Hall.)
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In a major blunder this afternoon from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office, just over an hour after endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, his office withdrew the endorsement. Then they said it still stands.

A staff member from the Mayor's Office said it was an email blunder. Shortly after 1 p.m., a communication staffer sent out an email quoting Garcetti saying he endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. Garcetti praised her passion for civil rights and her ability to tackle economic inequality.

By 2:30 p.m., that endorsement email was withdrawn. The email subject line: "TODAY'S STATEMENT SENT IN ERROR."

A Mayor's Office staffer later told KPCC that the endorsement stands, but should have come from Garcetti’s campaign staff. 

Garcetti’s office said the email was simply sent from the wrong email account. Since the mayor can’t use city staff for political endorsements, he may find himself in ethics trouble.

In the 2008 presidential election, Garcetti bypassed Clinton and was an early supporter of then-Sen. Barack Obama, who went on to win the White House. Clinton carried California in the 2008 primary, eventually losing the nomination to Obama.

This story has been updated.