COMMITTEE TO RECALL ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA
, January 26, 2005 Los Angeles
Recall Group to Villaraigosa: “How Much is Your Pledge Worth?”
“While we are not taking any side in the race for mayor and our focus is solely on recalling Antonio Villaraigosa from office as the 14th district council member, the voters of the city of
should be very wary of any promise made by Mr. Villaraigosa in this campaign,” said Recall Committee chair Eliseo Villanueva. Los Angeles
“Stating that ‘Honesty and ethics in City Hall start at the top’, this week Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa released his ethics pledge to the people of
. But I want to remind the people of Los Angeles that we in the 14th council district are only too aware of Mr. Villaraigosa’s pledges,” said Villanueva. “In 2003, in his race against the sitting councilman, Mr. Villaraigosa made a pledge to the voters of the 14th district over and over again that he would serve a full 4-year term and not run for mayor. He broke that pledge less than 18 months in office.” Worse still, continued Villanueva, anybody who reminds the Councilman of his pledge immediately becomes the target of a smear campaign.” Los Angeles
One of the pledges Mr. Villaraigosa makes is that he will take personal responsibility for his own actions. We urge the Councilman to abide by his ethics pledge now. There is no reason wait. Mr. Villaraigosa can take personal responsibility for his actions and pledge of 2003 now.
Therefore the Recall Committee reminds Councilman Villaraigosa of his pledge to stay in office as the Council Member for the 14th district for the full 4-year terms and urges him to either:
- Pull out of the race for Mayor, or
- Resign immediately from the office of Council Member serving the people of the 14th district.
Mr. Villaraigosa, if your pledges are to be believed by the people of
act now. If the recall is forced to continue it will be a sure sign that your “pledges” are worth as much as your pledge to the 14th district in 2003. It will be a sure sign that your “pledges” are nothing more than political theater. And it will be the surest sign that you do not deserve the votes of the people of Los Angels in the upcoming mayoral election. Los Angeles