Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa assimilated by Hillary

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By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer
12:14 PM PDT, May 29, 2007

NEW YORK — Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton has won the endorsement of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a rising star in national Democratic politics and one of the nation’s top Hispanic elected officials.

Villaraigosa was set to announce his endorsement Wednesday, joining Clinton at a campaign rally at the University of California-Los Angeles, two Democrats familiar with the planned endorsement told The Associated Press.

They spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of the official announcement.

Clinton campaign officials have actively sought Villaraigosa’s backing, even enlisting former President Clinton recently to woo Villaraigosa over dinner at a tony New York steak house.

A popular figure in the nation’s second-largest city, analysts expect Villaraigosa to have a promising future in national politics or in statewide office in California. He is widely popular among Hispanic voters, who make up an increasingly large percentage of Democratic voters in California and many other states. In 2004, 21 percent of California voters were Hispanic, according to exit polls there.

Villaraigosa’s endorsement of Clinton is not unexpected; he lavished praise on the New York senator at a campaign event in Los Angeles in March, calling her campaign “fighting for a brighter and cleaner future for all our children.” And last month, his top political consultant, Ace Smith, joined the Clinton campaign as its California director.

 

14 thoughts on “Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa assimilated by Hillary

  1. NMP

    SB,

    You should have added that while Bill Clinton and Villaraigosa were having dinner at the steak house, they ran into Rush Limbaugh. By all accounts, Bill was much too eager to introduce Villaraigosa to Rush Limbaugh. And While Villaraigosa and Rush Limbaugh were kickin’ it for several minutes, Bill Clinton took the time to “chat up” Limbaugh’s undisclosed companion.🙂

  2. NMP

    rikyrah,

    It will be interesting how this plays out among racial lines in CA especially in light of the alarm (in Black circles) of the open congressional seat possibly going to a Hispanic. If Blacks split for Obama and Hispanics split for Clinton, it will be a test for White liberals. If they join the Hispanic vote in supporting Clinton, will it be another indicator of the emerging new alliances within the Democratic Party?

  3. rikyrah

    If Blacks split for Obama and Hispanics split for Clinton, it will be a test for White liberals. If they join the Hispanic vote in supporting Clinton, will it be another indicator of the emerging new alliances within the Democratic Party?

    Very interesting indeed. I can’t wait to see what will happen. I have my theories, but I’ll wait and see.

  4. Huh?

    When will people start voting for the person with best ideas, not the one whose skin pigment matches? This country has a lot of growing up to do.

  5. Well, we learned from the best.

    Funny how when WE start voting along racial lines, it is the end of the world, yet it was good enough for 200 years in this great republic of ours.

  6. Ogre Mage

    First Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, now L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Also endorsing Sen. Clinton is one of the country’s most prominent Asian-American politicians, Sen. Dan Inouye (D-Hawaii). She is assimilating a real Rainbow Coalition of a collective. Who is next? Barney Frank? Deval Patrick? What would really make me laugh is if Anita Hill endorsed Hillary. Maybe Rodham Clinton could promise her a seat on the Supreme Court. LOL.

    Villaraigosa’s endorsement is significant because of the bumped-up date of the California Primary, the symbolic significance of the support of a major Hispanic Politician (an endorsement both Bill Richardson and Barack Obama tried to get) and the fact Villaraigosa is widely considered to be a strong contender for Governor of California when Arnold retires. I am less sure about a Senate run because I think Dianne Feinstein is warming her seat for her protege, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. There is Sen. Boxer’s seat, but she is considerably younger than Feinstein and is more likely to be around for awhile.

  7. Hillary seems to be gaining a lot of support from unexpected officials. The Canyon News recently reported that she now also holds the support of Steven Spielberg who previously supported Obama. One interesting factor in both cases, is that Bill Clinton was reported as having been involved in persuading both Speilberg and Villaraigosa…who is the Clinton running for office?

    http://www.canyon-news.com/artman/publish/article_5662.php

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