An LA Reader On Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa`s Fading Star
June 22, 2009, 05:00 AM
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From: Howard Brill (e-mail him)

Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Governor Dianne Feinstein: The Horror!

VDARE.COM note:  We had this letter ready to post before Villaraigosa's announcement today (June 22) that he won't be running. Joe, and our reader, were right!

Guzzardi put Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's odds in California's 2010 gubernatorial race at 200-1.

They may be longer.

Villaraigosa's prospects as a possible gubernatorial candidate, taken as a foregone conclusion by many after his celebrated 2005 election as Los Angeles' first Latino mayor in more than a century, are marginal even in the immigrant-dominated city that elected him.

Among Los Angeles Democrats, Villaraigosa would only narrowly defeat state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown if the Democratic gubernatorial primary were held today.

According to a recent poll, 38 percent picked Villaraigosa compared with 32 percent for former Gov. Jerry Brown. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom registered a distant 13 percent.

The various issues sinking Villaraigosa are Los Angeles' $530 million budget deficit, education, jobs, economic development, crime and traffic.[Villaraigosa's Future, Once Bright, Looks Dimmer Now, by Philip Willon, Los Angeles Times, June 20, 2009]

Immigration isn't on the list of voter concerns because it is too late for Los Angeles. But Villaraigosa's open borders, MeCHA position would be huge negative for him statewide.

In 2005 and 2009, Brill voted for Walter Moore, a candidate who advocates for enforcing immigration law and deporting illegal aliens.