Yet another reason why Antonio V should not have involved himself with Mirthala Salinas.

July 27th, 2007 · 5 Comments

The Los Angeles Times reports that NBC Universal is moving forward with a development plan that the City of Los Angeles must approve. As most of you know, NBC is the parent company of Telemundo, Mirthala’s employer. Villaraigosa has been supporting the project that will bring new homes and commercial space to the Universal City area. Now people are questioning whether his relationship is a factor in his decision to support this project. Also at issue is how much access and influence NBC has with Antonio at this point.

Earlier this week, the mayor reiterated his support for Mirthala Salinas as a journalist. I really think that in revealing this relationship, he has hurt both himself and her. If he had just kept his mouth shut about this, the public wouldn’t be questioning him about these things, and Mirthala would probably still be working. All of these details about NBC and Mirthala would have probably come out after the fact, but he did not need to go there. Many Angelenos didn’t even know about Mirthala Salinas. Of course, there is the slippery slope that lying creates, which we already see happening with another Latino politico. Perhaps the rumors were too much, and Mayor Villaraigosa wouldn’t divert the public’s attention with some of his recent accomplishments. But then again, weren’t there always rumors of his infidelities?

So at this point, the mayor and his girlfriend are going to have to live with the continued scrutiny. I hope that other Latino politicians out there take note of this… if you want to leave your wife, do it with some dignity. If you are single or want to date, think about the consequences of involving yourself with someone who works for an entity that you deal with professionally. If you think that there might be issues of impropriety being raised, then expect to have to address them.

All of this could have been so easily avoided. Given the rumors surrounding the Mayor and his dating history, I wonder why someone on the inside did not try to save him from this needless drama. There are plenty of attractive Latinas who don’t work for organizations closely tied to the official business of the City of Los Angeles. I don’t get the impression that he selects women based on any sort of professional credential, so what difference does it make?

Tags: Antonio Villaraigosa · Mirthala Salinas · Telemundo

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Barista // Jul 30, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Again, A.V. is a tenured politician, and he wouldn’t make any move unless there’s some benefit to him. He knows how the game is played. This is really a good litmus test to see the strength of his political power, and I’m sure he is spinning all of his wheels to get control over his public perception. Let’s see if he gets through it without too much damage to his career. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very pro-latino, but I’d rather have someone in office that I could trust. Anyone for a cup of coffee??

  • 2 Karina // Jul 30, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Salinas needs to be fired. She has crossed the line so far over that there is no turning back. She’s a political groupie who is an embarrassment to women and journalists everywhere. I really hope Telemundo does the right thing but I have as much faith in them as I do in the Mayor which is NONE.

  • 3 mgf // Aug 3, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    2 week suspension, without pay? Hmmmm…really harsh huh? Looks like some hard investigating paid off, yeah right.

  • 4 Bearguez // Sep 26, 2007 at 12:46 am

    Salinas is no journalist. Her interests are all very Third World.

  • 5 Michaelr // Sep 26, 2007 at 12:59 am

    She will not be the first, nor the last girlie to run through Antonio V’s romantic interludes. However, her credibility is shot. If Channel 52 has any journalistic ethics, she needs to be fired.

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