Just when Los Angeles Mayor and ambassadorial candidate Eric Garcetti thought he had cleared the last major hurdle to being ambassador to India, someone threw up a roadblock.
And this is a big one.
In a letter made available by Politico Thursday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, told Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, “I will object (to Garcetti’s nomination) because I have received numerous credible allegations from multiple whistleblowers alleging that Mr. Garcetti, while mayor of L.A., had knowledge of sexual harassment and assaults allegedly committed against multiple city employees and their associates by his close advisor, and that he ignored the misconduct.”
The POLITICO article alleges that Sen. Grassley is actually digging deeper into the allegations made by Garcetti’s former communications director Nicole Seligman against Garcetti, through a whistleblower complaint.
Investigators in Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) office are probing what Garcetti knew of longtime political adviser and City Hall confidant Rick Jacobs’ inappropriate behavior toward women and men in and around City Hall. They have also spoken to whistleblowers about the matter. And according to a document obtained by POLITICO, they have asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to try and halt the nomination until their investigation is concluded.
“The United States owes it to the Republic of India to send them a qualified Ambassador that will represent the values of the United States,” Grassley said in the documents sent to McConnell on Thursday to notify the Senate about the hold. “Mayor Garcetti may very well be fully qualified, but at this time, the Senate needs to look into these allegations further.”
RedState reported on the sexual harassment allegations lodged against Garcetti’s former advisor Rick Jacobs, the additional allegations by Seligman that Garcetti ignored the harassment and charged his staff to do the same, and Seligman’s complaint and letter submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by Whistleblower Aid. Since the lawsuit against Jacobs and Garcetti’s subsequent deposition testimony, Garcetti has been on shaky ground, and not because he lives in California.
It is good to know that someone in the Senate is paying attention. The rubber stamp Garcetti received from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, even after these allegations had been submitted, is beyond ridiculous. What is delicious is how the Democrats are being hoisted with their own petard. It was California Senator Diane Feinstein (D-Decrepit) who used sexual allegations to derail the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and in turn embarrass Grassley. While Grassley doesn’t seem the sort to seek payback, this is certainly the Democrats being beaten by the cudgel that they used during the Kavanaugh hearings.
I’m loving it.
But Grassley is nothing but diplomatic and decorous, even in his letter, since we all know that Garcetti is as qualified as anyone in the Biden administration.
However this shakes out, it is another case of how the mighty have fallen and how far. In 2018, Garcetti was riding high off a rubber-stamp re-election and testing the waters to run for president in 2020. Now he’s having trouble getting a national appointment.
The Bible says, “be sure, your sins will find you out.” If this is Garcetti’s reckoning, he is getting exactly what he deserves.