Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa directs high school students during a clean-up project in the Chinatown section of Los Angeles Tuesday, July 10, 2007, as a kick-off event for a summer youth employment program.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa continues on his “REDEMPTION TOUR” around the city as he hopes to distract voters from his recent disclosure of an affair with Mirthala Salinas, a Telemundo Channel 52 political reporter (since placed on leave) and the break up of his long term marriage.
Continuing his redemption tour around the city, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa promoted summer jobs for youths Tuesday as he reiterated his hope that voters will overlook the drama in his personal life and focus on his accomplishments as mayor.
At an event in Chinatown, where he was greeted by more than a dozen young people who have their first jobs under city programs, Villaraigosa also insisted he will play a visible and active role in the presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.
“I’m here today to focus on jobs for young people,” Villaraigosa said after being asked about the impact of his extramarital affair on support from Latinas.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa greet students and members of the parent union at a press conference where it was announced that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will spend $7.8 million to open 10 new high schools in the community served by the Alain Leroy Locke Senior High SChool in Watts, at the Green Dot Public Schools Headquarters in Los Angeles, Monday, July 9, 2007.
Mayor Villar seems to be folowing Mayor Sam’s advice:
Wax indignant. This is also known as the “how dare you?” gambit.
Characterize the charges as “rumors” or, better yet, “wild rumors.” If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able to learn about the suspicious facts, it can only be through “rumors.”
Call the skeptics names like “conspiracy theorist,” “nut,” “ranter,” “kook,” “crackpot,” and of course, “rumor monger.” You must then carefully avoid fair and open debate with any of the people you have thus maligned.
Impugn motives. Attempt to marginalize the critics by suggesting strongly that they are not really interested in the truth but are simply pursuing a partisan political agenda or are out to make money.
Come half-clean. This is also known as “confession and avoidance” or “taking the limited hang-out route.” This way, you create the impression of candor and honesty while you admit only to relatively harmless, less-than-criminal “mistakes.” This stratagem often requires the embrace of a fall-back position quite different from the one originally taken.
Change the subject. This technique includes creating and/or reporting a distraction.
Or the advice of David Martin – Thirteen Techniques for Truth Suppression.
In the meantime, Mirthala Salinas is trying to get her job at Telemundo back – remember Mirthala is on leave pending an ethics invesigation.
The Mayor is resuming a normal event calendar and attempting to sweep his affair under the carpet of daily news events. If it worked for Bill Clinton then perhaps it will work for the Mayor.
But, the divorce is looming…….
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, center, directs high school students during a clean-up project in the Chinatown section of Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 10, 2007, as a kick-off event for a summer youth employment program.