Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa is not going to run for governor of California. He listed deficit issues and city unemployment as part of what compels him to finish what he started out to do in Los Angeles.
“I cannot leave this city in the middle of a crisis.”
Wolf Blitzer reminded him that as a governor he could help solve some of these problems he listed and though he called what is going on in Sacramento an “abomination,” Villaraigosa says he feels compelled to complete the promises he made the people of Los Angeles when he was elected. He said he did not make a decision early on due to seeing the challenges that California faces and weighing those against the impact he felt he could make as mayor of Los Angeles. He also mentioned his high school-aged daughter as a personal reason to remain as mayor and forgo the gubernatorial race.
He did hold off from endorsing anyone for governor:
“There is plenty of time to weigh in on that race. I can tell you this – whoever is going to be the next governor of the state of California better talk turkey with the people of California. I said the system is broken and it is: a 2/3 vote to pass a budget – one of only 3 states in the country that require that, 2/3 vote to pass taxes one of, what, sixteen or seventeen that require a super-majority. Term limits is broken. The fact of the matter is we need to support open primaries. The initiative process is broken when it takes a majority vote to deny a whole group of people the fundamental right to marry, but you need a 2/3 vote to pass a budget. So, there is a lot of things broken. I hope to participate in that conversation, but my focus will be on the city of Los Angeles.”
Good luck to you mayor.