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Antonio on the road to San Antonio for reelection cash

September 18, 2008 | 11:01 am

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa hits the road again to collect some cash for the mayor reelection campaign –- this time to San Antonio.

The fund-raiser is being hosted by former San Antonio Mayor and Clinton cabinet member Henry G. Cisneros and AT&T executive John T. Montford, a former Texas state senator, on Oct. 9.

The invite, which asks guests to fork over donations from $100 to $1,000, waxes poetic about the mayor’s accomplishments as mayor and the former speaker of the California Assembly: “Villaraigosa is known for his exceptional skill at building broad bi-partisian coalitions and is considered one of the leading progressive voices in the country."

Villaraigosa has traveled to several cities for his re-election bid, collecting campaign contributions in Chicago, New York, Miami and San Francisco earlier this summer.

Travel has been a dominant theme for the mayor in 2008, with Villaraigosa repeatedly heading out of state in January and February to stump for the presidential campaign of U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton. In June, the mayor also took a contingent of city leaders to Israel to look at environmental and security initiatives –- a trip that was expected to cost roughly $240,000. In July, he spent part of his vacation in Iceland. And in August, he spent a week at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, campaigning for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama at least one day in Pueblo.

The invite for the San Antonio fund-raiser was posted on WalkerReport.

Check out Villaraigosa's previous fund-raising efforts in our series, "Fund-raisier o' the Day."

-- Phil Willon and David Zahniser

Photo: Villaraigosa at a news conference earlier this year. Credit: Los Angeles Times