Wendy Greuel, Who Lost LA Mayor Race, to Run for Waxman’s House Seat

Southern California Public Radio Reports: Former L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel says she will run to succeed Congressman Henry Waxman, who Thursday morning announced he will retire at the end of his current 20th term in Congress.

Waxman’s surprise announcement set off a flurry of speculation over who might jump into the race. Last year, Greuel (born and raised Christian, but married to a Jew and raises her child Jewish) lost her bid for L.A. mayor race to Eric Garcetti, but she raised about $7 million for that race and she maintains a solid base of support.

“What I knew instantly in my gut is that I wanted to serve the people of the 33rd district and to be able to go to Congress and fight for the families here and the residents of these communities,” Greuel told KPCC. “And so I’ve made the decision in a quick manner today to run for Congress.”

Greuel, 52, heard Waxman’s news on the radio. She said her phone was “going nuts” with calls, emails and texts telling her she should run.

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