Joe Biden’s campaign announced Thursday that L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti will be one of four co-chairs of its vice presidential selection committee.
Also heading the group that will help the presumptive Democratic nominee vet potential running mates are former Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd, Delaware Congressmemebr Lisa Blunt, and Cynthia C. Hogan, a former White House and Senate counsel to Biden. Biden, who has promised that his V.P. will be woman, told supporters at a fundraiser Wednesday that he hopes to make name a runningmate by July, KTLA reports.
“Selecting a vice presidential candidate is one of the most important decisions in a presidential campaign and no one knows this more than Joe Biden,” campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement. “These four co-chairs reflect the strength and diversity of our party, and will provide tremendous insight and expertise to what will be a rigorous selection and vetting process. We are grateful for their service to the campaign and for their leadership.”
California Senator Kamala Harris has previously been reported as being on top of Biden’s list of potentials, with Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar in second place. Other likely picks include Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.
Biden told donors Wednesday that he is looking for someone who is “simpatico” with his views. He was also recently advised by Barack Obama to choose a candidate who “has strengths where I have weaknesses.”