Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges flew to Los Angeles four days after Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s shooting death for a campaign fundraiser, a trip her opponents pounced on Wednesday in the wake of Police Chief Janeé Harteau’s ouster and a delay from Hodges in releasing her 2018 budget.We have video of Hodges and Garcetti at the event:
Hodges appeared at the Wilshire Country Club with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on July 19 for the fundraiser, she confirmed on Facebook Wednesday afternoon following media inquiries.
The fundraiser took place two days before council members called for Harteau’s firing and the chief stepped down, in part because of the withering criticism she took for being out of town in the aftermath of Damond’s shooting by a police officer, which happened on July 15.
I'm not particularly outraged that Hodges left town to shake the money tree in California -- if you're a Democrat, that's where the money is. It looks terrible for Hodges, but she's in a lot of trouble anyway, so bad appearances aren't likely to get any worse with this revelation. And let's face it, doesn't this sound like a whole lotta fun?
The fundraiser at the country club just south of Hollywood was billed in the invitation as an evening of “lefse and kale wraps, kombucha tasting with Garrison Keillor and an artisan-crafted hot dish featuring organic, locally sourced tofu.” According to campaign finance reports, Hodges raised $10,150 from California addresses between July 17 and July 25.Kombucha tasting with Garrison Keillor? Artisan-crafted hot dish? Organic, locally sourced tofu? Now that's a draw. I'll bet the line to get in went all the way to Santa Monica. Hodges is getting a lot of criticism for the trip, especially from her opponents. High dudgeon is always a growth industry in the Mill City. The way I look at it, Hodges might as well enjoy the kale and kombucha now; no one is going to be flying her out to El Lay next year.