Villaraigosa gives Limbaugh the brush-off on "shoeshine guy" insult
Hey, you know what's a riot? Comparing one of the country's foremost Latino politicians to "a shoeshine guy" because of his race.
A spokesman for Antonio Villaraigosa says the Los Angeles mayor is planning a statement in response to an ethnically-flavored drive-by served up by Rush Limbaugh yesterday. [Update: Villaraigosa's press secretary says there won't be a statement after all; meanwhile, the head of the National Hispanic Media Coalition calls Limbaugh's remark "nasty, bigoted ... racist." See below.]
The transcript of the edifying chat is here. It's Limbaugh, describing a dinner during which Bill Clinton introduces him to Antonio Villaraigosa. But no need to click -- here's the money quote:
[Bill Clinton] came over to the table three times. (doing Clinton impression) "Hey, Limbaugh, you're looking really good." I shook his hand, he left, comes back, the mayor of Los Angeles, I thought it was a Secret Service agent, maybe a shoeshine guy. Turns out he gives me his card, I said, "Oh, my gosh, it's the mayor of Los Angeles."
You can read the whole item about Rush Limbaugh's dis of Antonio Villaraigosa in Portfolio.
--Veronique de Turenne
Photo: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times