(CNN) Zero mayor has ever been elected president, but Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hopes that someone — regardless if it isn’t him — makes the hop from metropolis hall to the White colored House.
“I hope, regardless if I under no circumstances did, that we have mayors that work for president because they’re ready,” Garcetti told David Axelrod on “The Axe Documents,” a podcast from the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and CNN.
Garcetti argued that the notion that mayors are actually ill-prepared for the job of running the country is unfounded. He touted fellow mayors — and 2020 prospects — New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as worthy candidates for higher office.
Garcetti also noted his own achievements seeing that leader of 1 of the nation’s greatest cities.
“This is bigger than 23 states. EASILY was governor of some of those 23 states, I don’t think people would dismiss that,” Garcetti said. “We operate a port, an airport, municipal utility — certainly not through authorities but direct — and I chair a transport authority that’s 10 million people, which is larger I believe than 43 or 45 states. So it’s not a problem of whether mayors could.”