Former president Bill Clinton has endorsed L.A. mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, wading into a competitive race that could launch one of the next Democratic rising stars.

“Wendy has personified good, honest and effective government, improving the lives of countless Angelenos while saving millions of their tax dollars,” Clinton wrote of the city controller in a letter first obtained by the Los Angeles Times. "She knows how to make government work for ordinary people, and she's been doing it for decades, not only when times are good, but especially during periods of crisis."