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.