Who Is Behind the Rocky Leaks?
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WitnessLA goes on further to posit that the intended beneficiaries of the Rocky avalanche (besides deflecting heat from the Mayor's troubles) are Villaraigosa lieutenants Jack Weiss and Wendy Greuel.
Weiss - currently facing a well funded and organized recall campaign - has declared his intention to run for City Attorney when Delgadillo is termed out. Getting rid of Rocky now and appointing Weiss to the position sets the Fifth District Councilman up for an early advantage and gets him out of recall trouble.
Greuel - who has already declared her intention to seek the Controller post currently held by Laura Chick - would be a far more acceptable Controller to a second term Mayor Villaraigosa than the possibility of Delgadillo who has expressed some interest in the post (and would no doubt unleash a torrent of audits and probes on his political enemy Villaraigosa). Though even if Delgadillo were to survive and complete his term as City Attorney its not likely he could garner support for future elected office.
Of course one thing to consider. Should the Mayor's troubles rise to the point where he was forced to resign or face some other action that could remove him from office anytime between now and 2009, current Council President Eric Garcetti would become Mayor for the remainder of the term. Perhaps that's just one reason for all the behind the scenes maneuvering going on to potentially replace Garcetti as President.