Beverly Hills City Council Majority Endorses Ted Lieu For Congress
By Victoria Talbot
Four members of the Beverly Hills City Council have publicly endorsed State Senator Ted Lieu in his bid for the 33rd District of Congress being vacated Henry Waxman this year.
"I have known Ted Lieu for many years and recognize his strong intellect, principled values and dedication to public service," said Councilmember Willie Brien. "He has represented Beverly Hills and the region with distinction and I know he will be strong voice for the community, he will fight to protect and expand the individual civil liberties for all and support the most vulnerable in our society. Ted will be a wonderful Congressman and for these reasons, I proudly endorse him."
Mayor Lili Bosse agreed.
"Ted Lieu's record of public service has always reflected his 'can do' attitude of solving problems and responding to needs of his constituents. He's been a strong advocate for Beverly Hills and a consensus builder, which is why I am proud to endorse Ted Lieu for Congress."
Only Councilmember John Mirisch is not endorsing Lieu. Mirisch supports his opponent Elan Carr, a Republican in a heavily Democratic district.
Carr took 21.61 percent of the votes to Lieu's 18.81 percent in a field of 18 candidates. The two beat out such seasoned politicians as L.A. City Controller and former L.A. City Councilmember Wendy Greuel, and popular author and inspirational speaker Marianne Williamson in the June 3 primary.
Mirisch supports Carr: "He's a Beverly Hills resident, and his wife went to Beverly Hills High School."
Carr is a criminal gang prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney, an Iraq War veteran and JAG officer in the U.S. military.
Lieu is a State Senator from the 28th District who represented the 53rd Assembly District and serves in the United States Air Force Reserves. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he attended Georgetown University and resides in Torrance, California.
The general election is slated for Nov. 4.