Maybe Mayor Villaraigosa hasn’t done the math with the Democratic delegates, which reveal the dire situation for Team Clinton, but as late as last week, he was out on the campaign trail for Senator Clinton. And of course, there’s the whole irony of this 50-something wannabe playboy campaigning for Hillary Clinton. I guess Hillary Clinton isn’t at all bothered by surrounding herself with men who have issues with marital infidelity… NY Governor Elliot Spitzer being the latest one.
Last week, I found this in the LA Times:
“The Times reported Monday that Villaraigosa has spent 18 of the last 65 days out of town, campaigning for Clinton. In just over two months, that’s nearly a third of his time. Traveling with him are City Hall aides (using vacation days) and his police security detail. Is Los Angeles winning or losing from this arrangement?”
He’s starting to draw more criticism from local leaders, and he’s given Steve Lopez, the LA Times columnist, the snub for PBS’s Charlie Rose. Speaking of Charlie Rose, did anyone catch the interview? I thought Villaraigosa wasn’t as good as he could have been. He didn’t seem to have a good assessment of the national political scene, and did anyone else catch the bit where he said that John Edwards was the son of a coal miner? How could Villaraigosa have missed this? John Edwards always tells us that he’s a son of a mill worker. Villaraigosa just isn’t very good when he has to speak for an hour unscripted. He kind of reminds me of a Latino Ronald Reagan speaking in cliches, which is disappointing because so many of us had so much hope for him. And Villaraigosa still thinks that Hillary Clinton is “heads and shoulders” above the rest and suggests that Latinos are supporting Hillary Clinton because of what she has done for us. I guess he hasn’t asked her about Tyson Foods and Monsanto.
Check it out and see for yourself: