Skip to comments.Villaraigosa's star on the rise as he chairs Democratic National Convention
Posted on 09/02/2012 9:36:09 AM PDT by SmithL
When Antonio Villaraigosa said this summer that he would like someday to be governor of California, he acknowledged an ambition that appeared until recently to have slipped beyond his reach.
The mayor of Los Angeles, beleaguered by the weak economy, an extramarital affair and a series of shortcomings at City Hall, was re-elected by an underwhelming margin in 2009.
Los Angeles magazine put a photograph of him on its cover behind the headline, "Failure: So much promise, so much disappointment," and Villaraigosa sat out the gubernatorial race the following year.
In recent months, however, the former Assembly speaker has regained some of his old swagger. In Charlotte, N.C., this week to gavel in the Democratic National Convention as its chairman, Villaraigosa is now considered a potential candidate for an appointment in a second Obama administration.
He also has rejoined Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Attorney General Kamala Harris at the top of a list of Democrats considered likely contenders for governor or U.S. Senate.
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Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh pleazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzeeee. His name alone is a reason not to watch this bunch and their DNC hate show.
He’s the best they’ve got? Wow.
“Tony Villar”, as he is often referred to locally, is a joke!
Perfect description of what a Lightweight Airhead looks and sounds like. Hey California! This is the problem.
The name “Villar” is the name on his birth certificate.
His last name “Villaraigosa” was derived as he merged his last name with his wife’s last name. I think he was proving to her that he was liberal and would change his name, that he didn’t expect her to just change her name to his name.
So feminist types have to love this guy. He changed his last name for his wife.
Just gotta be a smooth talkin’ charming, incompetent, leftist ashole loved by the LSM and presto-—on to greater DNC glory and adoration ya go.
he’s done wonders for the people of Los Angeles (extreme sarcasm)
>>Tony Villar, as he is often referred to locally, is a joke!<<
That is his real name. “Villaraigosa” is an invented name he gave himself.
And John and Ken said it best: he is a caricature of a politician. Every joke and stereotype about politicians wrapped up in one slimy little ball.
In my neck of the woods,that's what ya call *chutzpah*!
Will this imp actually be standing on a chair?
He’s too extreme for normal Americans. His star ain’t going anywhere. He has the illegals and the white liberals suffering from white guilt and that’s about it.
A typical Democrat rising star... the failed mayor of a failed city in a failed state!
I think you're wrong on that.I just looked up Villaraigosa in a Spanish/English dictionary and it means "he whose family runs swiftly in the darkness".
Tony Vilar is the worst mayor in the history of modern Los Angeles and the liberal media is propagating him as a rising star.
I believe his wife’s dad was a politician of note, that’s why he added her name. Then he cheated on her with a local newscaster. Believe his wife took him back.
Oh nothey’re having a Democratic National Convention while Louisiana
We’ve been down this road before. Villaraigosa has no chance whatsoever at higher office in California. Nobody. Wants. Him.
How about doing some real reporting, Sacramento Bee, instead of this press release, and talk about how Villaraigosa was all set to run for governor last time around? Exploratory committees. Blah blah blah.
But then, surprise, early polling showed he had no chance. No constituency. None. His candidacy cratered before it even started.
So the CA Dem party, no fools they, told him to sit down and shut up.
As bad as Jerry Brown is, the ex-gang-banging, couldn’t-pass-the-bar, union thug, borderline illiterate Villaraigosa would have been much, much worse.
And now the termed-out mayor of Los Angeles, unemployable except at the public trough, is gonna make a run at governor or the Senate?
Desperate times, I guess...
How many people know that he is the biggest La Raza activist in America today??
LOL. This intellectual genius is the star speaker? They’re in more trouble than I thought. I’d put up him against Governor Fortuno any day of the week.
Tony Villar is a clown. No wonder his star is rising within the democrat party.
I was thinking the same thing... he will fit right in with the dems war on women, he treated his wife so great, like John Edwards, Ted Kennedy, Spitzer, a host of other great democrats, plus their staffers are often in the news.. gosh Barbie Boxer had two she had to let go...
LA mayor??!!! Bwahahahaha...what a do nothing, know nothing media whore he is. The country and I suspect the rest of the world will know it too by the end of the dnc convention.
I believe is now ex wife.
“mayor of Los Angeles, beleaguered by the weak economy, an extramarital affair and a series of shortcomings at City Hall”......
Cheated on his wife, he’ll fit right in with Slick Willy the cheater/accused rapist. Couldn’t they get Spitzer, Weiner or McGreevey to speak too???
Democrat politicians represent the filth of society (yes, and some repubs too!)
He’s an idiot. Of course, he’ll shine there. He stunk on TV today, not a very good defender of O
Also split up with Lu Parker, former Miss USA 1994.
Run the MECHa/la Raza traitor out of the country.
In case some of you missed it, here is mistress Mirthala and her answering device parody. It has been played on talk radio in Los Angeles. Would love to hear it in Charlotte.
These are the same people who thought Davis would be a good President (before he was recalled) and then tried to convince us that we should change the Constitution so that Jennifer Granholm could be President.
LOL! Now that's funny.
Tony has a bigger ego than 0bama, IF THAT’S POSSIBLE. If a TV camera is on somewhere, TONY IS THERE.
George Putnam used to call him “Villygarossa”.
If we had actual journalists, one of them might ask him to show his jailhouse gang tattoos.
Something of substance re Villagairosa’s communist relationships, advocacy for the radical separatist agenda of Mecha from circa 1999:
Here, in its entirety:
DOES ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA HAVE TWO FACES?
JUDGE FOR YOURSELF FROM THE FACTS:
Villaraigosa will tell you that MEChA has helped thousands of Chicano students to finish college, and to have pride in their culture. But that is no justification for racism — racist Louis Farrakhan also helped thousands of students to finish college, and to have pride in their culture.
Villaraigosa will tell you that his connection with MEChA is water under the bridge, but today, he continues to support MEChA, often featured as a speaker at “Raza” groups.
In an interview given to the San Diego Union-Tribune February 13, 1998, Villaraigosa said “But I’m not the same person I was 20 years ago, anymore than you are,” but he steadfastly refuses to repudiate and condemn MEChA or any “Raza” racist factions, even though two Raza organizations (Nation of Aztlan & La Voz de Aztlan) call him a traitor to their cause (for being two-faced).
The current attitude of militant Hispanics toward the United States, the English language, European-Americans, and seizing control of the U.S. Southwest — or Aztlan — was revealed at a strategy session held in January 1995 at the University of California at Riverside under the title “Latino Leadership Summit Response to Prop 187.”
More than 400 prominent Hispanics met, including elected officials, to discuss non-compliance with California Proposition 187, the voter-approved referendum denying illegal aliens free welfare benefits. But the conference seemed to deal more with Hispanic irredentism.
Art Torres, the Chairman of the California Democratic Party and the keynote speaker at the meeting, shouted to the audience “Power is not given to you. You have to take it...Remember 187 is the last gasp of White America in California!” and “Que Viva La Causa!” (Long Live our Cause!) — and then later exulted over how he could make such racist remarks with total impunity.
Among the participants was Xavier Hermosillo, a Los Angeles radio talk show host, who had proclaimed on the CBS “48 Hours” show in 1993 that Mexican-Americans were taking political control of the “former Mexican colony, California ... house by house, block by block.”
Another participant and friend of Villaraigosa, was Juan Jose Gutierrez, Director of “One Stop Immigration.” Although Gutierrez runs One Stop Immigration with U.S. tax payer money, he makes no bones of his contempt for America.
Antonio Villaraigosa was also a speaker at that meeting. Among the many declarations uttered at the meeting which Villaraigosa did not repudiate were “English should be a foreign language”; “We are hostages in our own land, prisoners of war”; “We live under occupying alien force.”; “We live in the annexed territories of Aztlan”; and “We’re in a state of war ... a vicious threat to our existence.”
Although Villaraigosa was and is a public official, he did not condemn the repeated calls for the establishment of an independent country of Aztlan or the references to this country as “AmeriKKKa” and the “United Snakes of America.” In fact, Villaraigosa praised one of the participants, Jose Angel Gutierrez, Director of Mexican-American Studies Center at the University of Texas at Arlington, who has professed since 1970 that “Our devil has pale skin and blue eyes,” and who once said at a MAYA (Mexican American Youth Organization, the forerunner to MEChA) meeting, “To the gringos in the audience, I have one final message to convey, ‘Up yours, baby. You’ve had it, from now on.’ “
At the 1997 Southwest Voter Registration Education Project meeting, where Antonio Villaraigosa was present, his good friend Jose Angel Gutierrez said “we have an aging white America, they are dying, I love it!”
Villaraigosa’s close friend Mario Obledo, co-founder of MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund) and winner of the 1998 Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded by President Clinton, said on the Tom Leykis talk show - 6/17/98: “We’re going to take over all the political institutions of California, in five years, we’re going to be the majority population in this state.” On the Ray Briem talk show - 6/17/98 Obledo said “California is going to be a Hispanic state and anyone who doesn’t like it should leave” Asked by Ray Briem if he thought that the statement was racist, Obledo said “No, because that’s a reality. California is going to be inhabited mostly by Hispanics... saying further “Well, if they (Anglos) don’t like Mexicans they ought to leave. They ought to go back to Europe.”
Two of Antonio Villaraigosa’s close friends are California State Senator, Richard Alarcon and his sister, Evelina Alarcon. Evelina Alarcon is Vice Chair of CPUSA (Communist Party U.S.A.) and is chair of the Southern California District of the Communist Party USA and is the Secretary of its National Mexican American Equality Commission. She also writes editorials for the communist “People’s Weekly World.”
IS ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA A HYPOCRITE? JUDGE FOR YOURSELF.
In a May 18, 2000 Los Angeles Times article (Council Urges State Human Relations Panel), Assemblyman Antonio Villaraigosa, in response to the shooting rampage at a Jewish Center, introduced a bill that would create a 13-member state commission that would coordinate human relations work throughout California and advise the governor and Legislature on new laws needed to combat hate crime and discrimination. Villaraigosa wants to combat hate groups, but being a MEChA advocate, he must not think of Aztlan or Raza as hate groups or groups that discriminate.
Villaraigosa is the former Vice President of the Southern California ACLU, the organization that is supposed to fight against bigotry and prejudice. But Villaraigosa and the ACLU find nothing wrong with racism when it comes from Raza.
In earlier statements to explain his reasons for not supporting the enforcement of laws against illegal immigration, Villaraigosa is on record as saying that Illegal immigration is a Federal Problem that should be enforced at the border. But speaking on the radio interview show “Which Way L.A.?” (KCRW - FM) on Thursday, July 24, 1997, Villaraigosa said, “The federal government has said that this issue of immigration isn’t (just) a federal issue, it’s a California issue. Guess what? California has half the immigrants in the entire nation.”
WHO WILL VILLARAIGOSA REPRESENT IF HE BECOMES MAYOR?
Critics of Antonio Villaraigosa, including myself, say he is a radical activist for promoting “Raza” separatism and advocacy of illegal immigrants to give them all the rights of American citizens. Examine the facts and judge for yourself:
In a letter to the Los Angeles Daily News (”Where I Stand,” Sunday, May 21, 2000), Villaraigosa said “I have and will always endorsed open, fair, and representative government — government that works for all of the people.” Was Villaraigosa including all illegal aliens when he said “all of the people?”
When Villaraigosa was one of the key speakers at a Latino rally in Washington, DC, he was an outspoken advocate of the rally’s seven demands, including amnesty and free education through college for all illegal immigrants.
At the 1997 Southwestern voter project meeting, Villaraigosa exemplified his intolerance for views other than his own, from other politicians — especially Latino politicians, by sharply criticizing unnamed Latino leaders for supporting legislation that denies driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. Villaraigosa said:
(sound clip—>) “They don’t belong in office, friends, They don’t belong here”. Antonio Villaraigosa wants to legitimize illegal aliens by virtually making it legal to be illegal.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday, August 4, 1999, that Antonio Villaraigosa thanked President Ernesto Zedillo here Tuesday for helping defuse Proposition 187, saying the Mexican leader played a key role in scuttling the controversial state measure that denied benefits to illegal immigrants. “As leader of the state Assembly, I say President Zedillo had great impact in defeating Proposition 187,”
Villaraigosa told a news conference after he and a state delegation met the Mexican chief executive when he visited California in May “he (Zedillo) pushed the process” that eventually invalidated most of the measure, the speaker said... ...A senior Mexican official who attended Tuesday’s meeting said Villaraigosa told Zedillo that the latter’s trip to California was “decisive” in invalidating Proposition 187. ...”He gave thanks on behalf of Mexican-Americans,” said the official, Deputy Foreign Minister Juan Rebolledo... ...The Mexican president responded to Villaraigosa’s declarations Tuesday by breaking into applause, said Raul Hinojosa, a UCLA professor in the California delegation.
When asked by a Los Angeles TV station (KABC-TV) reporter on July 29, 1999 about Prop 187, “What happens to the will of the people?” Villaraigosa must have thought of himself as all nine United States supreme court judges when he declared “Well, the will of the people is something all of us have to respect, but when the will of the people is unconstitutional, (sound clip—>) the will of the people is null and void.” Villaraigosa by himself declared Prop 187 unconstitutional when he knew that Prop 187 never reached the supreme court (thanks to Mexico’s President Zedillo according to Villaraigosa).
In his editorial of August 8, 1999, in the L.A. Times, “The Remedy Is Mexican Jobs,” Villaraigosa attempted to explain what was obviously his seeking Zadillo’s favor by groveling when he wrote, “those who attacked me for crediting Zedillo’s influence (in defeating Prop 187) overlooked the fact that I was in Mexico promoting the ultimate remedy for illegal immigration and the economically fueled reaction to it in California: improved business relations leading to improved economies in both places. And I think we made some progress.”
Either Villaraigosa’s idea of solving Mexico’s problems by providing jobs in Mexico isn’t sincere or he is totally ignorant of recent history. U.S. corporations have been moving thousands of factories from the U.S. to Mexico and China, ostensibly to provide jobs and improve conditions for Mexican and Chinese workers, but in spite of creating millions of jobs in those countries, the rate of Mexican and Chinese illegal entry to the U.S. is at a record high (Chinese make up the second largest group of illegal aliens behind Mexico entering the U.S.)
Imagine that! Villaraigosa wants to improve California’s business relations with Mexico by mollycoddling President Zedillo. Villaraigosa must not be aware that California’s exports to Mexico ballooned 94 percent from 1993 to 1997, the heart of former Governor Wilson’s tenure, compared to only 47 percent growth for Texas, according to the U.S. commerce department’s international trade administration — without mollycoddling!
Villaraigosa was trying to convince Californians that by conspiring with the leader of one of the world’s most corrupt governments, and in the interest of Mexico, that he will somehow solve California’s illegal immigration problem. Villaraigosa fought Proposition 187 on the grounds that it was an illegal state scheme to regulate immigration. Now he says that immigration is a state issue. Villaraigosa can’t have it both ways.”
In May of 2000, Speaker Villaraigosa joined Mexican President Zedillo in addressing the California Legislature. Although both men are thoroughly fluent in English, they both made their speeches in Spanish. Then Villaraigosa stood and began the Chicano handclap. Without knowing what they were doing — as calls to their offices confirmed — the rest of the legislators joined this spirited display of ethnic nationalism and started clapping, too. Any high school or college student in Southern California has heard this sound — clap-clap, clap-clap-clap — and understands its meaning. Like displaying the Mexican flag, it is the MEChA trademark clap and hails Chicano power.
On June 11, 2000, Antonio Villaraigosa showed up in support of 20,000 mostly Mexican illegal immigrants gathered at the Sports Arena for an AFL-CIO sponsored “workers rights” rally. While Villaraigosa says he wants to create jobs in Mexico for illegal immigrants, his appearance at the rally strongly suggests that he is more interested in jobs for illegal immigrants in California.
Los Angeles Unified School District says that if immigration continues at its present rate, they will have to build 150 schools by 2006 (that’s more than one school every two weeks if construction starts this year, 2000). If Villaraigosa wants to be the Mayor of Los Angeles, he should explain to Angelinos how he thinks the school crisis will by solved while we all wait for him to create jobs in Mexico.
So what do you think?
Should Antonio Villaraigosa be the Mayor of
Wasn’t he the Captain of the Titanic?
Villar can’t put two sentences together. He has to read cue cards whenever he speaks in public.
He’s the perfect example of how bad many of LA’s high school students are these days...
How many people outside FR would even CARE?
Heck, I bet I could easily find people who don’t even know what La Raza is!
I would think that with the 'name', it would be obvious. Most words in the romantic languages have the same Latin roots.
I know some stupid people, ok?
Not that I’m that bright but sometimes I feel like Einstein...
I consider myself an extremely high-functioning retard.
Sounds like ViagraLaRaza would have been a more apt moniker.