Antonio's New Girlfriend Outed?
After we disclosed a tip that claimed the Mayor had yet another girlfriend, this time a Korean "developer," the blogopshere fired up to try to out the alleged individual. This time the usual wags, a blogger, another blogger and some Sister City readers are all pointing their finger at an individual who is not a developer but a fashion designer and City Planning Commissioner who accompanied the Mayor on his Asian junket some months back (you can still buy Mayor Villaraigosa travel gear here by the way).
As we mentioned yesterday, it was the relationship with this new woman that led the Mayor's admitted squeeze - benched television reporter Mirthala Salinas - to rat out the Mayor and tip off the media to their own relationship. We have also been told that Salinas contacted the Mayor's soon to be ex-wife Corina Raigosa and commiserated on the topic of being dumped by Antonio.
By the way, while this whole Tony Villar Summer of Love has been going on our eyeballs have been easily diverted from the antics of Rocky Delgadillo, the City Council, Chief Bratton, etc. They do not need to assume the Sister City has given them a pass.
And speaking of Rocky Delgadillo, former staffers for the Mayor are telling us that Councilman Villaraigosa allegedly regularly used his Council staff during his 2005 Mayoral campaign for personal errands.
In other news...
Pundits debate the effect of the affair(s) on the Mayor's future career over at the LA Times. Some think it could damage the Presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
A Hispanic, pro-MECHA writer from El Paso is disgusted with the Mayor and his infidelity as well as the Mayor overlooking fellow Hispanic Bill Richardson's Presidential campaign.
Apparently the Mayor failed to show up to the opening of Hillary Clinton's Los Angeles headquarters today. Odd given not only his close relationship with the Clintons but that Antonio is one of the National Chairs of Hillary's campaign.
Some are speculating the Mayor any day now will enter into spiritual "rehab" with Cardinal Roger Mahoney a la Jesse Jackson and Bill Clinton following the Lewinsky scandal. Yea we know how that turned out for Jesse later on.
And finally, the idea of a Bloomberg-Villaraigosa (two biggest city Mayors in US) Presidential ticket is ridiculous; still the LA Business Journal decided to waste some ink or at least bytes on it. By the way folks I know the MSM isn't really on top of these things lately but the California Gubenatorial election is in 2010, not 2009.