Next stop Bitter-ville? With sliding doors closing on D.C. dream, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s public missteps could signal end of the line

Increased voter apathy and public scrutiny has the usually smooth mayor understandably grouchy

(PR NewsChannel) / March 19, 2013 / LOS ANGELES 
Charlie Sheen and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stared in Sheen-gate earlier this year. One of the many public missteps for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Charlie Sheen and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stared in Sheen-gate earlier this year, one of the many public missteps for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

L.A. Mayor and tabloid magnet, Antonio Villaraigosa is apparently none too pleased with the dismal turnout in last week’s elections.

Even lower than elections in the nation’s leading apathy capitals, Chicago and New York, the recent elections in Los Angeles have been an eye opening experience for everyone. 

At a recent education event held at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, the Huffington post reports Mayor Villaraigosa was surprisingly prickly when it came to the sensitive topic of the recent elections.

“I love that the LA voter protects their right to vote for school board and then votes at seven percent,” Villaraigosa sarcastically said.

However, his sights weren’t set exclusively on the voters. He later made a point to take multiple shots at the LA Times.

He even went as far as saying, “You don’t read anything positive in that newspaper.”

Mired in scandal for months now, Villaraigosa has been linked to everything from a Los Angeles Lakers ticket scandal, to an alleged night of boozing with gossip column staple Charlie Sheen.

Photographed partying in Mexico with Sheen, multiple reports claim the Mayor was surrounded by alcohol, women, and porn stars, and drunkenly keeping pace with the legendary actor.

With his personal life providing tabloid fodder, his professional life hasn’t fared much better.

Metro Rail, the Mayor’s signature issue is looking more and more like a train wreck, and his taxpayer funded, $120,000 European trip has only hurt a city budget that continues to spiral out of control. Throw in critics frequent claims of absenteeism, and it’s easy to see why the Mayor has been grumpy.

His increased presence in the wrong sections of the news has seemingly shut the door on his D.C. dreams that seemed so bright as recently as last month.

With Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stepping down as soon as a successor is confirmed by the senate, Villaraigosa was a surprising front runner for the position.

However, with a personal life mired in controversy, and professional body of work that’s far from sparkling, his critics have effectively led to him being removed from consideration.

“Yes, you could read this as probably meaning that Villaraigosa got word from Camp Obama that he would not be getting a desirable cabinet appointment in the next five months,” wrote Kevin Roderick of

Villaraigosa, however, is maintaining that he is the one removing his name from consideration.

“I am flattered and humbled by the speculation that has included my name for a possible Cabinet secretary position, but I am firmly committed to remaining in LA and finishing my term,” said Villaraigosa in a statement on the topic.

Either way, with the Mayor not set to leave office until July 1, it seems the American people might have dodged a bullet… or was it a train?

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SOURCE:  Concerned Citizens for Los Angeles

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