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L.A. Councilman Bill Rosendahl backs Wendy Greuel for mayor

October 11, 2012 | 10:35 am

Los Angeles Mayoral Wendy Greuel

Two days after he dumped on an array of politicians across the country, departing Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl announced Thursday there is at least one elected official he still likes: City Controller Wendy Greuel.

Rosendahl endorsed Greuel's bid to replace Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the March election, praising her as "smart, levelheaded and candid." "As mayor, I know she’ll work to bring L.A. back to fiscal solvency," he said in a statement.

Rosendahl, who represents coastal neighborhoods, said this week he will not run for reelection and instead focus on his battle against stage four transitional cell carcinoma. In a speech announcing that decision, he called former President Bill Clinton "an idiot" over his handling of the issue of gays in the military and said two California members of Congress — Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Henry Waxman — hadn't done enough to provide housing for homeless veterans.

The Westside councilman also criticized President Obama for allowing the nation to continue a war overseas. And in remarks to reporters after his speech was over, he referred to members of Congress as "gutless punks."

Rosendahl backed Greuel even though he serves on a council with two other mayoral candidates -- Jan Perry and Eric Garcetti. Other candidates seeking to replace Villaraigosa include former prosecutor Kevin James and tech company executive Emanuel Pleitez.

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-- David Zahniser at Los Angeles City Hall

Photo: Los Angeles mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel speaks during a debate in September next to fellow candidates Jan Perry and Kevin James.  Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

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