Antonio Villaraigosa Bows Out
by Charles Lemos, Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 01:15:44 PM EDT
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is bowing out of the California Governor's race. In an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Villaraigosa, whose personal life has been fodder for the tabloids, cited that he felt compelled to complete his tenure as Mayor. More from Real Clear Politics:
Speaking with Wolf Blitzer, the Democrat said that cities across America are on the front lines in dealing with the economic crisis and other challenges facing the country more broadly.
"I feel compelled to complete what I started out to do," he said. Villaraigosa starts his second term on July 1. "I can't leave this city in the middle of a crisis."
Asked if he couldn't do more for the city as governor than as mayor, he repeated that he felt compelled to follow through on his promise to the city. But he did say it was an "agonizing decision," and said that the situation in Sacramento is "an abomination.""The system is fundamentally flawed -- it's broken," he said.
Villaraigosa declined to state a preference for either of the candidates already running in the Democratic primary, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and state Attorney General Jerry Brown.
"I'm not focused on that," he said. "Whoever is going to be the next governor of the state of California better talk turkey," he added, rattling off a list of structural problems he thinks should be addressed like term limits and the budget vote threshold.
So it's Brown or Newsom against Meg Whitman.