Antonio Villaraigosa Bows Out

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.

Tags: Antonio Villaraigosa, California Governor's Race 2010, California politics (all tags)

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Re: Antonio Villaraigosa Bows Out

So what does this mean for the remaining candidates? As a gut thing it seems like Newsom has a much easier time in a Newsom v Brown race than he does in a three-way race with Brown, himself and Villaraigosa...

by mcc 2009-06-22 01:42PM | 0 recs
I Dunno

Brown was dead even in the polls with Villaraigosa among LA city voters....  I think the older voters and even some of the middle-aged peeps remember Brown.

The thing that surprises me here is that Charles thinks Whitman will win the GOP closed primary versus um-what's-name....

I guess the fact that I can't remember his name means he's doomed.

State Insurance Commissioner...

Tip of my tongue, Steve Poizer.

There we go, that was a little painful to pull out.

by Zeitgeist9000 2009-06-22 03:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Antonio Villaraigosa Bows Out

I wouldn't count out Poizner at this point - as the only elected statewide Republican he's at least even-money against Meg, especially as no one knows what kind of political skills she has.

As for the Demo side, I think Villagarosa's departure helps Brown.  I saw he and Antonio fighting for the older demographic, leaving younger and more liberal voters (ironically) to Gavin.

by Deeg 2009-06-22 04:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Antonio Villaraigosa Bows Out

I tend to agree. Villaraigosa's departure helps Brown who likely doesn't really much help to begin with. I am hard pressed to find Newsom supporters in San Francisco. I am not sure why Newsom is having trouble gaining traction. I am leaning towards Brown after having initially been for Newsom. Better put, I'm undecided and that I think spells trouble for Newsom for he should have me and my friends in the bag and he doesn't.

To be honest, I'd forgotten about Poizner. Meg is witless but she has the backing of national GOP and more importantly she has money to burn.

by Charles Lemos 2009-06-22 06:39PM | 0 recs
amazing that Jerry Brown is still in the mix

after so many decades in politics.

by desmoinesdem 2009-06-22 05:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Antonio Villaraigosa Bows Out

In other news, why would anyone with an ounce of sanity want to be governor of California right now?

by Vox Populi 2009-06-22 06:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Antonio Villaraigosa Bows Out

I think you may have just found Jerry Brown's campaign slogan.

by Steve M 2009-06-22 06:22PM | 0 recs
Good news for Gavin!!!

That's who I'm supporting.

I do worry about Meg Whitman or Carly Fioronni (?) as possible R contenders. I say this because Gavin (and Jerry) will both have a rough time in Central Cali and probably here in San Diego too.

There will be appeal to have the 1st Woman Gov in Cali and possibly Fioronni (if she runs) will be moderate...dunno.....

by nikkid 2009-06-22 06:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Carla Fiorina

   I thought she was rooking at the opportunity to run for Senate and lose to Babs...

by Zack from the SFV 2009-06-23 05:10AM | 0 recs
Re: Carla Fiorina

   ummmn...looking at the race...

by Zack from the SFV 2009-06-23 05:11AM | 0 recs

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