Former Los Angeles mayor may run as lone Democrat in CA governor recall election

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Mar 21st, 2021 2:00 pm

Last Updated Mar 22nd, 2021 at 11:16 am

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa might run as the lone Democrat in California's potential recall election to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom, according to "plugged-in sources" for political columnist George Skelton.

"Villaraigosa has been calling around the state feeling out possible support for a candidacy, plugged-in sources tell me," Skelton wrote in the L.A. Times.

"His intention is to watch the polls, measure Newsom's strength and decide sometime in summer when an election date is set and there's a deadline for filing candidacies."

Villaraigosa previously ran for Governor of California in 2018, coming in third to Newsom and Republican businessman John Cox.

Politico interviewed Villaraigosa in February and asked him if he'd consider being on the recall ballot.

"In the middle of the worst pandemic in 100 years … the last thing anyone should be thinking about, and the last thing I'm thinking about, is politics," Villaraigosa responded.


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