I guess Mayor Villaraigosa has decided the really cute TV reporters for dating can’t be found in our state’s capitol.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio VillaraigosaÂ announced on national television today he would not be running for California governor in 2010 after flirting with a bid for higher office for months.
Elected to a second, four-year term in March, the mayor told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that heÂ wanted to devote his full attention to Los Angeles, which is facing its worst fiscal crisis in decades.
Villaraigosaâ€™s decisionÂ adds a dash of clarity to the race for the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nomination which, at the moment, appears will be between state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Brown has yet to say if he will run, while Newsom already has announced his candidacy.
In a recent Los Angeles Times Poll, voters citywide gave Villaraigosa a luke-warm approval rating, and a plurality opposed his entrance into the governorâ€™s race. Villaraigosa received a favorable job approval rating from 55% of those surveyed, statistically equivalent to the vote he won in the cityâ€™s March election against a field of little-known and underfunded candidates.
Details are here.
Its all going to come down to fundraising, but the mayors of Los Angeles and San Francisco are going to square off for the Democratic primary.Â
Either of them, Jerry Brown included, are preferrable to the Republican alternatives.
What do you think?