LA mayoral hopeful Rick Caruso slams opponent Karen Bass for her ‘failing’ record on crime

Billionaire LA Mayoral candidate Rick Caruso has brushed off his opponent Karen Bass’s endorsement by President Biden and VP Kamala Harris, saying it does nothing to eradicate her ‘failing record’ on tackling homelessness and safety in the city. 

The formerly Republican Caruso, who made his fortune in real estate development, has been endorsed by celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow. 

He is running on a platform of cracking down on crime and disorder in the increasingly lawless city, and wants to bring an end to the famously left-wing leaders who he says are to blame for the current state of affairs. 

Among them, he says, is Bass – who has served as the Democratic congresswoman for California’s 37th District since 2011. 

In a tweet on Tuesday night, after Biden and Harris endorsed her, he said: ‘No endorsement will hide the fact that Karen Bass has a track record of failing to address LA’s homelessness, public safety, and corruption. 

LA Mayoral candidate Rick Caruso said Biden and Harris’s endorsement of his opponent does nothing to erase her record

Karen Bass with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris while President Biden signs an order to reform policing in May. The President and Vice President said Bass has their 'friendship'

Karen Bass with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris while President Biden signs an order to reform policing in May. The President and Vice President said Bass has their ‘friendship’

Rick Caruso

Karen Bass

Billionaire real estate tycoon Caruso, left, is running against career politician Bass, right. She beat him in the primary but only marginally, and now both will run for mayor in November

‘These endorsements have absolutely nothing to do with what this campaign is really about.

‘After 20 years of representation from Karen Bass, LA needs fresh leadership who can take our city in a positive direction and make it more livable. 

‘The same old from establishment politicians won’t stop this city from sliding into an even more desperate situation,’ he said.

Biden and Harris released a joint statement yesterday endorsing Bass. 

They said: ‘Karen Bass has our friendship, and she has earned our respect through her leadership in Congress on crime prevention strategies, effective and fair policing, and the welfare of children and families.’ 

She embraced their praise, claiming in her own subsequent tweets that the pair had delivered for American cities ‘at an unprecedented level on infrastructure, the environment, economic recovery and so much more.’ 

It was a more glowing review of than a few weeks ago, when she said in an interview with The Ankler that her relationship with Harris was just ‘fine’. 

Bass attempted to pour cold water on speculation that she and Harris were ‘frenemies’.  

‘My relationship with her is fine,’ she said. 

She added that they had always been ‘pitted’ against each other as black female politicians, and that neither wanted that to be the case. 

‘During the… We call them Veepstakes. During the Veepstakes, there were a number of efforts to try to pit the two of us against each other. 

Bass claimed Biden and Harris had 'delivered for America's cities on an unprecedented level' on the 'environment and economic recovery' despite the US being in the grips of a recession

Bass claimed Biden and Harris had ‘delivered for America’s cities on an unprecedented level’ on the ‘environment and economic recovery’ despite the US being in the grips of a recession

‘There was one article that came out and called me the anti-Kamala, and I tweeted immediately, “Don’t do that. I’m not anti-Kamala,” and we both said that we were not going to allow this to happen. 

‘I considered it tabloid journalism. I was disappointed in it. I have no conflict with the Vice President. I admire the work that she’s done. I think that the attacks against her have been relentless. 

‘I mean, just having come from going through a few months of attack, she’s been attacked from the time she was named as the vice president,’ she said. 

Bass beat Caruso marginally in the June 7 primary, securing 43.1 percent of the city’s vote over his 36 percent. 

Neither won the 50 percent required to be named the candidate, and so will face off in the general election in November. 

Caruso is a first-time politician who has vowed to fix the problems that career politicians like Bass have failed to address for years, a campaign strategy that is reminiscent of Donald Trump’s successful 2016 bid for the White House. 

Caruso is running on a platform of cleaning up the city, where crime and homelessness are out of control

Caruso is running on a platform of cleaning up the city, where crime and homelessness are out of control

Celeb support: Elon Musk endorsed Caruso on Twitter ahead of the primary in June

Celeb support: Elon Musk endorsed Caruso on Twitter ahead of the primary in June 

Both Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian voted for Caruso in the primaries, and told their hundreds of millions of Instagram followers to do the same

Both Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian voted for Caruso in the primaries, and told their hundreds of millions of Instagram followers to do the same

Both Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian voted for Caruso in the primaries, and told their hundreds of millions of Instagram followers to do the same

Rick Caruso with Gwyneth Paltrow in 2017. Bass previously suggested celebrities only endorsed him because he leased them space in his commercial buildings

Rick Caruso with Gwyneth Paltrow in 2017. Bass previously suggested celebrities only endorsed him because he leased them space in his commercial buildings

In the primaries, he was more popular among Latinos than Bass.

While Bass enjoys Democratic endorsement, Caruso’s supporters include Elon Musk, Katie Perry, Snoop Dogg, Wolfgang Puck, Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian, many of whom have taken to social media to advocate for him. 

Bass has been similarly endorsed by Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Garner, Tiffany Haddish, John Legend and Kathy Griffin. 

‘Yes. I don’t know where this comes from. To me, it was almost tabloid-like.

My relationship with her is fine. You know what? During the… We call them Veepstakes. During the Veepstakes, there were a number of efforts to try to pit the two of us against each other. There was one article that came out and called me the anti-Kamala, and I tweeted immediately, “Don’t do that. I’m not anti-Kamala,” and we both said that we were not going to allow this to happen. 

‘I considered it tabloid journalism. I was disappointed in it. I have no conflict with the vice president. I admire the work that she’s done. I think that the attacks against her have been relentless.

‘I mean, just having come from going through a few months of attack, she’s been attacked from the time she was named as the vice president,’ she said. 

Caruso is one of if not the most prolific landlords of commercial real estate in L.A. 

He has brushed off comparisons to Trump in the past, despite having served as an adviser to him. 

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