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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Antonio Villaraigosa: A Progressive Democrat Building Bridges in the 21st Century. Posted by Hello
Morning to all and happy International Women's Day. Today's subject matter is 2005 Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Antonio Villaraigosa (D-Los Angeles/Mt. Washington area). First let me say that I do not live in Los Angeles and I don't know a whole lot about Los Angeles municipal politics. But, I did follow Mr. Villaraigosa's 2001 L.A. mayoral campaign pretty closely (thanks to CSPAN and the national press), the one that he lost bitterly to James K. Hahn (the current mayor, http://www.lacity.org/mayor/). It would be an understatement to say that I was disappointed to see Villaraigosa lose that race four years ago, a race he lost for a number of reasons. One of the biggest reasons being that the African-American community shamefully (for the most part) turned their collective backs on Villaraigosa and voted for James K. Hahn ('Business Journal' discusses what happened in the 2001 race and how Bush tried to capitalize on the division in the following article http://www.naleo.org/SJBJournal01.htm), mostly because Hahn is the son of the late Kenneth Hahn, a respected civil servant who was elected a record ten times to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (http://www.losangelesalmanac.com/topics/Government/gl02.htm), a two-year term, from 1952 to 1991 and much beloved in L.A.'s African-American community. Although there is much debate within the city at present as to whether or not Mayor James K. Hahn has delivered on his 2001 campaign promises (http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/articles/1269072.html), one thing seems for certain: most of Mayor Hahn's constituents are not at all impressed with his performance as the mayor of the second largest urban area in the United States (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108549.html); moreover, the allegations of scandal swirling around City Hall do not help matters (http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=3002577). In fact, it's looking like Hahn will be the first L.A. mayor in thirty years to be bounced-out of office (http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0308/p02s01-uspo.html). Regardless, Villaraigosa was extremely impressive four years ago, and is even more so today. He definitely has grit and spunk, that's for sure...to come back after that kind of political and personal disappointment (the 2001 loss) and step back in the ring four years later is not only commendable but also admirable, to say the very least. Again, I am not a citizen of Los Angeles, nor California for that matter (although I have family roots in Los Angeles, and I lived in northern California for a short time in the 1980's). But, I am a Democrat that understands that we are all in this thing together and that there are many fronts in the struggle to regain our country from the Republican neocons that are (for now) running the show. And yes, I do understand the current L.A. mayoral race is Democrat against Democrat (for the most part) with the contenders for the office being Democrats Antonio Villaraigosa, James K. Hahn, Richard Alarcon, Bob Hertzberg, Bernard Parks; with the lone Republican Walter Moore rounding it out. However, Antonio Villaraigosa is the only one (in my opinion) that is not only talking about building bridges but Villaraigosa already has the real life, hands-on experience of building bridges between communities...and far as this devildog is concerned, that's what it is all about. All the pretense and horses**t has to go out the window...it's all about working people pulling together, cutting through the wedge issues and forming alliances that will allow them to lead better lives. That's what Villaraigosa is talking about and (more importantly) that's what he's been talking about his entire political career, based on what I've read on the man, http://www.canyon-news.com/artman/publish/article_2557.php . I'm really hoping that he can win today, and win outright (with no need for a run-off) which will mean winning over 50% of the vote. Probably won't happen and they'll have a run-off after all, but we'll see. Good luck Villaraigosa. Semper Fidelis.


Blogger VeniceBeatnik said...

Just voted for Antonio and got your link off of his blog.

I'll be checking back often.

Good work!

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