Antonio Villaraigosa

Antonio Villaraigosa Running Again for Mayor of Los Angeles


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is one of the rising stars in the Democratic party. He’s the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles in recent history and he also serves as a co-chairman to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
He discusses the state of the Clinton campaign after her losses in Wisconsin and Hawaii. He also discussed the dilemma that immigration reform poses to politicians across the country.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says he intends to run for re-election in 2009.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa informed a national television audience this week that he intended to seek a second term in the city’s top post while giving some of his most personal remarks to date about the political fallout from his extramarital affair.

But Villaraigosa, who informally has discussed his reelection intentions off and on for a couple of months, did not say directly whether he would run for governor in 2010, one year after the mayoral election.

In a wide-ranging interview with public television’s Charlie Rose on Wednesday — stemming from his support for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton — the mayor was asked about his gubernatorial ambitions.

Rose quoted an unnamed supporter of Villaraigosa who said the mayor “is thinking more about being governor than he is about being mayor.”

Of course, Mayor Villar will have to win re-election against Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky before entertaining any thought of running for Governor in 2010.

Flap’s bet is that the Mayor will have a difficult time in elective politics anytime soon.

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