Bloomberg Gets 1st Major California Democratic Endorsement

KCBS Radio Morning News
December 10, 2019 - 10:00 am
Democratic presidential candidate for US and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (C) attends an event at the COP25 Climate Conference on December 10, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.

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San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo is on board for Bloomberg.

Liccardo has endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg for the party's 2020 nomination, in what is the first major California endorsement for the former New York mayor. 

Liccardo will serve as co-chair of Bloomberg's California campaign, advising him on strategy and policy

More picks for the California team are expected in the coming weeks.

"Mayors don't have the luxury of hyper-partisan tongue wagging," Liccardo said in a statement. "They have to solve problems and get things done."

Liccardo said he's supporting Bloomberg because as the mayor of New York, he worked to reduce poverty, expand jobs, cut gun violence, improve public health and build affordable housing.

Liccardo had endorsed California Senator Kamala Harris but she withdrew from the race last week.