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Monday, June 22, 2009

Villaraigosa announcement at 1:00

SF Chronicle reporting:

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (vee-yah-ry-GOH'-sah) is planning to make an announcement about California's gubernatorial race.

The mayor's spokesman Matt Szabo (ZAY'-bow) says Villaraigosa will appear on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" at 1 p.m. PDT Monday. The spokesman would not elaborate.

So far, the mayor's Tweeter is silent. … The fact that he hasn't Twittered in two months is probably all you need to know.



Anonymous Anonymous said:

He's going to promise (again) to serve out his full term as City Councilman for the 14th District.

(Oh, and to "love, honor, and obey until death do us part").

June 22, 2009 10:07 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Best guess, he's going to announce that he won't run, and give as the reason that the City is in too bad a shape financially to do without him (not mentioning that he couldn't win, under any circumstances).

It's the political equivalent of breaking up with someone, proactively -- in advance of when you know they're going to kick you to the curb -- just to save face.

June 22, 2009 10:10 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

DAMN, he's going to jump out of the Governor's race, and his potential opponents all had slick glossy mailers planned with the Los Angeles Magazine "FAILURE" cover already inked up and ready to print.

June 22, 2009 10:11 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

if AV is going to announce that every body but the latinos in la hate him, he can save it. we already know this.

June 22, 2009 10:15 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

He's going to come out of the closet.

June 22, 2009 10:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I hope he announces he's returning the name Raigosa to it's rightful owner.

June 22, 2009 10:25 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Now watch what DiFi does. Is she running? Probably. Is there a deal? Definitely. Will AV endorse and give her Latino votes? Oh yes. Will she win? Good chance.

What happens to her Senate seat?

Can you say Senator Villaraigosa?

Please don't call him sir.

June 22, 2009 10:25 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

The US Senate is the only decent place for Antonio to go. He's never going to be Governor or President. Makes no sense to try anything like going back to the legislature, County Supervisor, etc.

He probably could not get elected outright to the Senate but if Gov DiFi appointed him he'd be in a good shape as the incumbent come the actual election time.

The Senate life would be well suited to Antonio. Lots of perks, women, donors, fancy parties, Washington lifestyle, no term limits, etc. He could spend the rest of his life there.

June 22, 2009 10:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:10 am and Higby in his 10:30 am posting are correct:

1) Villaraigosa is going to announce that he's not running because he needs to stay in LA and help get it in the right direction.

2) Getting appointed to fill DiFi's vacancy if she decides to run for Governor and wins is the best way for Villaraigosa to move up. Given the timeline, he'll be into his second term and make the argument that he didn't leave LA hanging completely, and go on with his life.

June 22, 2009 10:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Can you say "No Bills Tony?"

June 22, 2009 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


June 22, 2009 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:10am, that would seem to be the obvious move based on the realities of the situation, but you can never under-estimate the mayor's shamelessness. It's now, or never, anyway, at this point. And he doesn't care about boos at stadium crowds, because it's all about the behind the scenes deals with unions and groups and money.
So logic may be out the window in substitute of shamelessness.

June 22, 2009 10:45 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


June 22, 2009 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Switching to a federal office will allow him a clean break, as well. He can begin running as "Villar" for the first time.

June 22, 2009 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I don't know folks, if AV goes for the senate, he's got nowhere else to run to. How would you like to have to be the staffer that tells this leapfrog "ADV" politician after he's been in office for 18 months that there's NO OTHER office for him to flee to to avoid accountability -- as he's always done before.

June 22, 2009 10:50 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

If he goes fed, he has to upscale, too.

It would have to be. . .


June 22, 2009 10:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Villaraigosa will never get another union endorsement. The seiu will sooner vote for zooma.

June 22, 2009 10:52 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

whoa when did mayor sam fall to the number 16 blog? wasn't it 3 just a week ago?

June 22, 2009 11:01 AM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:

"The Big Zero" is on CNN right now talking about some type of nonsensical smoking legislation.

Meanwhile, North Korea is launching missiles and threatening the US on a daily basis.

Iran is killing unarmed people in the streets.

Nice to see the new Pres. has his priorities set.

June 22, 2009 11:09 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Haikook/Mmmmary is getting her comments rejected faster than AV at the Miss USA pageant.

June 22, 2009 11:12 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Oh this is funny. Google is serving up Trojan Condom ads on this story. LOL!

June 22, 2009 11:19 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Dear Naive Phil:

I guess all those years you spent worshiping George Bush made you forget that U.S. Presidents are supposed to be able to do more than one thing at a time.

June 22, 2009 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Thanks for the big laugh of the day Phil. You calling ANY politician a "big zero" is high comedy.

Remind us of the names of anyone who got fewer votes than you in the election?

And can you update the readers here of how many recall antonio signatures you have. you'll need 240,000 good ones, so how many more do you need? how many volunteers of the 2400 you said you could get do you have signed up and getting signatures right now?

or are you going to keep ignoring these questions? you said you could do it, and we should be given an update. pretty please? how's your recall web site coming along?

June 22, 2009 11:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yes, he'll give the excuse that he is needed to stay and fix the city.

But be assured that whatever he does will be whatever benefits him personally the most. He loves the good life. Since he likely couldn't get a real job, having a political job is the best way to achieve his goal.

June 22, 2009 11:27 AM  

Blogger Rita Of Sunland/Wally Wharton said:

"The U.S. Senate is the only decent place for him to go??" (!!!) Michael, are you out of your mind?? Don't you think California deserves somebody who's actually QUALIFIED?? I can't believe you love the taco trucks so much that you'd elect Villar to the U.S. Senate! Whew!

June 22, 2009 11:52 AM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Rita -

I'm not at all supporting/suggesting AV for Senate - just speculating. And my comments are from his perspective it's a good thing, not ours.

Heaven forbid!

But keep the taco trucks. Where else are Joe B, Zuma, Phil J and I going to meet up?

June 22, 2009 12:00 PM  

Blogger Phil Jennerjahn said:


Recall can't be filed until October.

Plenty of time to organize.

June 22, 2009 12:05 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does LAAS still do free spay/neuters? There's a horndog Mayor on the loose!

June 22, 2009 12:12 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Funny that San Francisco Chronicle tells its readers how to pronounce vee-yah-ry-GOH'-sah.

June 22, 2009 12:21 PM  

Blogger Nancy said:

Maybe he'll announce on which corner he'll sell his tacos.

June 22, 2009 12:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lu Parker dumps Tony Villar at 1:05 PDT.

June 22, 2009 12:38 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phoney Tony Baloney is not running for gov folks. KTLA just announced.

June 22, 2009 1:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Phil, you need more than a QUARTER MILLION signatures!!!!

What do you mean "Recall can't be filed until October. Plenty of time to organize."




June 22, 2009 1:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

How disappointed you fools must be with no candidate for Governor to bash!!

Antonio says he doesn't have the fire in his belly and I believe him.

Look for DiFi to run now and AV to back her to the hilt.
Higby's right this time, can you say El Senador Villaraigosa? If not, you better practice up...

June 22, 2009 1:34 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

1:34PM You're right! Mayor Villarbangbang does not have the fire in the belley. His fire is "down below" and he's too busy trying to get Lu Parker to put it out.

June 22, 2009 1:51 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh sure 10:11... I'll wager that they are lining up to get his endorsement. I would bet the farm on that. His polling numbers weren't bad enough for them not to.

June 22, 2009 6:56 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

His rightful last name is now Villaraigosa. It was changed legally and no mom would want to have her kids and the father of her children with different last names. She's not trailer trash.

June 22, 2009 6:58 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ding, ding, ding Michael. I think you're right. I'm positive that there will be something between Dianne Feinstein and AV. I'm not sure what yet, but your theory is right on, I bet.

And how do you know that those comments are all from MC. NOT that I didn't try to warn you back during the Mayor Daniel Guss days... But since they're getting deleted (and I'm so glad about that), you're making me curious about what she is saying that makes you know it is her.

June 22, 2009 7:04 PM  

Blogger Rita Of Sunland/Wally Wharton said:

No, that's true. And Tony's not "trailer trash" either; but how about, "wheel- well trash?"

June 22, 2009 7:18 PM  

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