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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Watch: In the Garden of Telemundo

Graphic courtesy of the Daily News – Note Cardinal Mahoney in the tree

In today’s episode of the Mayor Villar – Mirthala Salinas novella, Rick Orlov of the Daily News has a piece about the Mayor thanking his political friends for not piling on.

First there was the Redemption Tour. Now, it’s gratitude time.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is making the rounds among elected officials these days thanking them for not taking any shots at him – in the press, at least – over his marital problems.

The mayor has had private meetings, calls and dinners with various officials to express his gratitude and to renew pledges of cooperation with the City Council to continue to push his agenda.

“The mayor is just letting us know he appreciates that none of us were piling on during the height of the controversy,” said one official, who asked not to be identified.

Did the Mayor send flowers to the Los Angeles Times and the major television networks, too?

If this story had broken about Riordan or Hahn, there would already be calls for resignation or recall.

And, what is up with the silence from the LAPD about the use of the Mayor’s security detail to cover up the affair? This NEVER would have happened under Ed Davis.

Villaraigosa and Salinas wait out a pause in filming on the north steps of the state Capitol. Salinas is now a news anchor on Telemundo 52, June 19, 2006 (now on leave).

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