“Eric Garcetti Confirmed as Ambassador to India After Controversial Two-Year Battle”

After a two-year fight, former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has been confirmed by the Senate to serve as the United States Ambassador to India. However, the confirmation was met with controversy as Democratic Senator John Tester turned against the nominee, claiming that he had received “very credible” information about Garcetti’s alleged inappropriate behavior towards female staff members during his time as Mayor. Despite Tester’s concerns, Garcetti’s nomination ultimately received enough votes to pass.

Garcetti was confirmed in a 50-48 vote, with all Republicans voting in favor and almost all Democrats voting against. The vote marks the end of a contentious confirmation process in which Democrats criticized Garcetti for his handling of the city’s homelessness crisis and his close ties to big corporations.

As Ambassador to India, Garcetti will be responsible for strengthening ties between the US and India on trade, security, and socio-economic issues. India is one of the largest and fastest-growing economies in the world, and the US has identified it as a crucial partner in its efforts to counter the rise of China.

In a statement following his confirmation, Garcetti said that he was “honored and humbled” to take on the role. He acknowledged that there were “tough questions” during the confirmation process, but assured the American people that he was committed to “upholding the values and priorities of our country.”