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Mayor Garcia Cancels Long Beach "Meet the Mayor" Event To Campaign In Iowa For Dem Pres Candidate Kamala Harris


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(Oct. 26, 2019, 4:40 p.m.) -- LBREPORT.com has learned that Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia canceled his Saturday Oct. 26 "Meet the Mayor" event to travel to Iowa to campaign for presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris (D, CA).

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, a number of LB residents who signed up to attend the LB event (one was scheduled at the Bay Shore branch library, and a second one a bit later at Drake Park) received the following email from the event's attendance organizer ("Eventbrite"):

"Thank you for your RSVP to Meet the Mayor, however because of a change in schedule, we won't be able to have this event this Saturday. We're sorry for any inconvenience. s/ Office of Mayor Garcia."

The email didn't provide a reason for the "change in schedule"...but Mayor Garcia is today (Oct. 26) in Iowa campaigning for candidate Harris. A "Kamala Harris For the People" campaign release headlined "Long Beach Mayor Returns to Iowa to Campaign for Kamala Harris at Latino Political Network Gala" states:

On Saturday, October 26, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia will campaign on behalf of Senator Kamala Harris in the Des Moines area. Garcia has known Harris for years since she swore him in as mayor. He endorsed Senator Kamala Harris in March, and is a co-chair of her campaign in California.

And on Oct. 26, Mayor Garcia used his @robertgarcialb Twitter channel to transmit a Tweetstorm spotlighting his Iowa presence.

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The "Latino Political Network" referenced in the Harris campaign release appears to be an Iowa based organization. Its website at this link and "about us" page at this link indicate that the group "has been dedicated to teaching Latinos how to build a campaign...to shave the top off the learning curve for Latino candidates..."

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In early October, the Des Moines Register reported here that the Harris campaign was shifting its strategy after a September poll reported here showed her with only 6% of respondents choosing her as their first choice. At that point she trailed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D, MA), former VP/former Sen. Joe Biden (D, DE), Sen. Bernie Sanders (D/Ind, VT) and South Bend IN Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

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Oct. 27, 11:45 a.m.: Text added to indicate a second Oct 26 "Meet the Mayor" event was also cancelled at Drake Park.

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