By Lauren Fox, CNN
A Senate committee voted Wednesday to advance Eric Garcetti’s candidacy to be ambassador to India.
The vote was 13-8, mostly along party lines. Two Republican Senators Todd Young of Indiana and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee voted with the Democrats to support the candidate.
The next step is for Garcetti to get a vote in the US Senate. It’s not yet clear where the votes stand, but the fact that he has two Republican votes in the committee indicates that he has some leeway to lose a handful of Democratic votes and still win the seat.
Garcetti cleared the same committee hurdle last Congress, but that was before facing headwinds over a controversy from when He was mayor of Los Angeles.
CNN reported last year Concerns about the nomination centered on a former employee of Garcetti’s mayor’s office who accused him of ignoring alleged sexual harassment and intimidation by one of his former top aides. Garcetti has repeatedly denied allegations that he ignored the alleged harassment.
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