The leading contenders in the race for Los Angeles mayor — city councilman Eric Garcetti and city controller Wendy Greuel — are in a battle of perception over who has momentum leading to the March 5 vote. A big part of that is endorsements from the entertainment business, and each candidate has been aggressively courting industry donors for more than a year now.
Garcetti put out a video earlier this week featuring Salma Hayek, who talked about his skills as a dancer, among other things, and has slated a Feb. 7 event at the Henry Fonda Theater with Moby, Will Ferrell and Jimmy Kimmel among the headliners. Greuel has a Feb. 11 fundraiser at the Soho House featuring Kate Hudson, Tobey Maguire, J.J. Abrams. Bryan Lourd and Sarah Silverman among the cohosts, according to the LA Weekly.
Today the Garcetti campaign went a step further, releasing a list of 200 supporters from the entertainment business, along with quotes from Michael Eisner, Ken Ziffen and David Nevins.
Eisner said, in a statement from the campaign: “I
strongly support Eric Garcetti. He is exactly what Los Angeles needs from our
new Mayor. I have known Eric since he was in high school, on through college, a
Rhodes Scholar, and City Council president. If anybody knows LA and how it runs
and how to run it, Eric does.”
Greuel unveiled her campaign’s first advertising spot on Tuesday, and it began running this week. But she also has the support of an independent group, Working Californians, with support from unions and entertainment sources. Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg and David Geffen endorsed Greuel, a former Dreamworks executive, in the fall of 2012, and there is some expectation that they may be involved in donating to the independent committee as well.
The full list of “entertainment leaders for Garcetti,” which also includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Kevin Spacey, Michael Ovitz and Tom Sherak, is below.