Barely an hour after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sent out a statement on Thursday announcing his support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid, his office said the announcement was premature.
“Today’s statement on Hillary Clinton was sent in error,” the mayor’s office admitted in an email.
Garcetti’s political adviser, Bill Carrick, told TheWrap that the mayor is “definitely endorsing Secretary Clinton. All the quotes were correct [in the statement]. It was just inadvertently sent out by the city when it should have come from me.”
Carrick said a formal endorsement of the Democratic frontrunner should happen later in the day.
In the original statement, the Mayor announced he was “proud to endorse Hillary Clinton for President because I know that she understands the challenges and opportunities facing our cities and will be a powerful leader in building our future,” adding, “I look forward to working with my fellow Angelenos and others across the nation to assure that Hillary Clinton is the next President of the United States”
The city of Los Angeles Twitter account tweeted links to news articles announcing the Mayor’s endorsement of Clinton, not once but twice.
The confusing turn of events happened as Garcetti attended a fundraiser with the former First Lady on Thursday at the home of NBCUniversal executive Joe Watz and Cynthia Telles in Hancock Park.
See the city’s tweets below.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti endorses Hillary Clinton for president – LA Daily News https://t.co/rlJBljzMTM
— City o Los Angeles (@CityoLosAngeles) November 5, 2015