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Villaraigosa angling for White House job? Speeches have people talking

December 13, 2010 |  8:28 am

What's up with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa?

In his element


As Times Political Editor Cathleen Decker noted, the mayor has spoken out recently on problems at the teachers' union, in support of President Obama's tax deal and on the need for pension reform:

To those more Machiavellian in nature — say, the entire political establishment — other possibilities came to mind: Villaraigosa was angling for an Obama administration job. He was declaring independence from party positions and powers in preparation for a future statewide run. Or he was trying to redefine his mayoralty in a way that could reap benefits down the line, were he to decide to exercise options one or two. At minimum, last week gave voters a chance to see Villaraigosa in a different light, more like the Energizer Bunny model of his early tenure than like the mayor dragged down by the endless bad news that has bedeviled all elected officials in this dour economy.

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