EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one person’s report on how Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa handled himself on the LA Chamber’s junket to the nation’s capital to plead for money for the city. There may be other points of view but I doubt it.
By Fellow Traveler
I am at the airport leaving DC from this week’s LA/Southern California trip. The trip was very enjoyable and productive from my point of view. It was my first time with such a large delegation.
Many of the Capitol Hill people and fellow trip attendees chuckled about Measure B’s defeat.
The funny part was how Mayor Villaraigosa thought he was the big leader for the delegation but wound up looking like a narcissistic jerk.
Most of the other elected officials from LA and the rest of the region were all very gracious and acted like part of the team lobbying for all of Southen California while the Mayor
hogged the stage all the time with the ME show.
A lot of the 200+ people were laughing AT him for how cluelessly self-absorbed he is and
I do not even think he noticed!
I voted for him in 2005 but will never vote for him again.
Measure B and his grandstanding without results worries me. His behavior is even worse. It is a no-win choice. He either runs for Governor and we risk him being the “leader” of the state or he stays in LA and continues on his current path
Here’s NBC Los Angeles’ report about what the mayor — accompanied by ambitious City Council members Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Janice
Hahn, Ed Reyes and Jose Huizar — had to say in Washington:
“There has never been a more critical time for Southern California’s
leaders to set aside our differences and come together to revitalize
and revamp our region’s economy.
Angeles and its neighbors will play a crucial role in our nation’s
economic recovery, and we have traveled to Washington to call on
congressional leaders to give us our fair share of federal dollars and
help us get our economy back on track.
“At this time of unprecedented challenges for every citizen, it is our
responsibility to lay the foundation for our long-term prosperity and
take action today that produces success tomorrow.
more than ever, we must uphold our promise to make the American dream a
reality for anyone willing to work for it, and we must do everything in
our power to stand by our workers and establish the building blocks of
progress for the future.”