LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Los Angeles mayoral candidate Rick Caruso, a billionaire real estate developer who is skyrocketing in the polls, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that a foreign candidate can win and be successful, despite government resistance. entrenched interests.
“Good, [former mayor] Dick Reardon was an underdog, and I think he was considered a very good mayor, he accomplished a lot,” Reardon said. “And by the way, Tom Bradley was an underdog. He was a cop before he became mayor. So, yeah, the underdogs can win, the underdogs can do a great job, and I have a reputation for doing quite a bit.
Caruso, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, is known for his high-end malls, including The Grove in Beverly Hills.
He made the mayoral race a close one by spending heavily on advertising, edging out Democratic establishment pick Karen Bass (D-CA) in a race that polls show is neck and neck ahead of the primary. June 7 to replace outgoing mayor Eric Garcetti. Neither candidate is expected to win a majority, in which case they will go to the November 8 general election.
Voters are also warming to Caruso’s commitment to being tough on crime and solving the homelessness crisis plaguing the city.
Caruso drove through the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Pico-Robertson on Tuesday. He visited the Beverly Hills Bagel Company, Munchie’s candy store, and Glatt Mart supermarket, all kosher food institutions in the community.
He greeted supporters – including a crowd of children in the candy store, who gave him a high five and asked him to sign their yarmulkes. Local business owners spoke to Caruso about crime and fears of rising anti-Semitic violence in the neighborhood.
Joel B. Pollak is editor of Breitbart News and host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday nights from 7-10 p.m. ET (4-7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book Neither Free Nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.