Chris Pratt endorses billionaire Rick Caruso for LA mayor after seeing city’s ‘decline’ into ‘utter disarray’

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Chris Pratt backed a political candidate ahead of the midterm elections on Sunday and backed billionaire Rick Caruso in the race for mayor of Los Angeles.

Pratt, 43, took to Instagram Stories where he virtually stumbled upon Caruso, a former Los Angeles Police Commissioner president.

Caruso also served as a commissioner for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power under Mayor Tom Bradley in 1985.

“I’ve lived in LA for over 20 years. It’s been amazing for me. During that time, I’ve seen what many residents here have seen, the gradual decline of the city into pain and utter disarray,” Pratt wrote online. “If you live here, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

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Chris Pratt gave political support to the local Los Angeles mayoral race and backed billionaire Rick Caruso.
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Chris Pratt supported Rick Caruso on Instagram.

Chris Pratt supported Rick Caruso on Instagram.
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“Normally I don’t support political candidates. But in these elections there is too much to lose.”

He added: “If you’re an LA voter, I urge you to vote for @rickcarusola. He’s a builder. He knows how to do things. He’s the man for our city. Rick Caruso for the mayor of LA.”

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Pratt’s mother-in-law, Maria Shriver, also revealed who she voted for and has long supported Caruso on Twitter.

“This race is super tight and every vote counts. If you want Los Angeles to be different than it is now, the choice is clear with @RickCarusoLA. Change is critical to the city’s future. It’s up to us – let’s go,” she says. tweeted.

Caruso, who was previously registered as a Republican, will face Congressman Karen Bass in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Bass is in her sixth term as representative of the 37th congressional district after reelection in November 2020.

Before serving in Congress, Bass represented the 47th district in the California State Assembly for six years.

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Bass and Caruso are running for mayor Eric Garcetti, but the hotly contested race has divided LA between the real estate developer (known for its hot spots, including The Grove and The Commons in Calabasas) and former social worker who has advocated for dozens of years for communities in Los Angeles.

Rep.  Karen Bass speaks during the Los Angeles mayoral debate at the Skirball Cultural Center in September.  She's going up against Rick Caruso in the midterm elections

Rep. Karen Bass speaks during the Los Angeles mayoral debate at the Skirball Cultural Center in September. She’s going up against Rick Caruso in the midterm elections
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Los Angeles Mayor's candidate Rick J. Caruso speaks at the Emerson College forum in October.

Los Angeles Mayor’s candidate Rick J. Caruso speaks at the Emerson College forum in October.
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Kim Kardashian supported Caruso in May, while Katy Perry tweeted her endorsement for Caruso the following month. Snoop Dogg, Elon Musk and Gwyneth Paltrow are also all Caruso supporters.

According to government records, Caruso was a Republican for more than two decades before gaining independence in 2011. Caruso turned back to Republican in 2016 — a year in which he served as campaign chairman in California for Republican John Kasich’s presidential bid — and then to independent again in 2019. He became a Democrat shortly before entering the mayoral race in February.

President Barack Obama recently backed Bass, alongside Steven Spielberg, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Danny Trejo and former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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