Villaraigosa And Nunez Cut And Run - Video Report
Alas, Villaraigosa's aides, in violation of their marching orders memo, actually invited real members of the public.
What the heck were they thinking?! I bet the bottled water wasn't room temp, either.
Well, naturally, the Mayor hadn't planned on anything but effusive praise, so when the first public speaker questioned the wisdom of the proposed legislation, the Mayor bolted.
When Nunez realized he was playing the role of Custer, he, too, had an urgent engagement elsewhere to attend. (In fairness to Nunez, there was, in fact, a new episode of "Two And A Half Men" airing at about the same time; he may have needed to rush home to see it.)
KTLA's report is available for your viewing pleasure at YouTube.com. The report doesn't actually show the Mayor leaving -- apparently it never occurred to the cameraman that he might do so -- but it does recount the event, and you do get to see Nunez punch the "Easy" button to eject.
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Post-Script: One of the bloggers has suggested a new nickname for the Mayor: "Pollo-Raigosa."