Joe Biden Renominates Eric Garcetti for Ambassador Position

Joe Biden Re-nominates Eric Garcetti for Ambassador Position

( – One of the president’s many duties is nominating people to various positions, such as the leader of federal agencies or an ambassador to a foreign nation. In 2022, President Joe Biden nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to the post of ambassador to India, but the Senate never garnered enough votes to support the confirmation. As 2023 began, the POTUS faced a choice: renominate him or choose someone else. It seems the sitting US leader thinks Garcetti has a better chance of passing with the new Congress.

On Tuesday, January 3, Biden submitted dozens of nominations, including that of former LA Mayor Garcetti. He also put forward Phil Washington to head up the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Danny Werfel to lead the IRS. These were just a few of the 85 nominees the White House resubmitted after the Senate failed to pass them during the last term.

Garcetti is a particularly interesting case because he faced a sexual harassment scandal while undergoing his confirmation last year. Multiple allegations against his advisor, Rick Jacobs, came forward in a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles police officer Matthew Garza against the city. Garza, who worked as a bodyguard for the mayor, said numerous sexual comments and inappropriate touches occurred during his employment by the city.

An investigative report from Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) suggested that it’s “more likely than not” that the nominee “either had personal knowledge of the sexual harassment or should have been aware of it.”

Garcetti consistently denied knowing anything about his staff member’s alleged sexual harassment. In a statement to the Los Angeles Times, he called the lawsuit “pure fiction” and emphasized how he will “vigorously defend [him]self, [his] character and [his] reputation.” However, it’s now up to the new group of Senators to decide whether these allegations still bar him from receiving their votes as he seeks to be the ambassador to India.

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