Antonio backs Angelides

first_img“I would hope after I’m elected governor that you will see me with Republican mayors of good will who want to work with us,” Angelides said. Villaraigosa downplayed any previous political differences. Angelides failed to endorse Villaraigosa in the past mayoral contest, and Angelides’ campaign manager, Bill Carrick, worked for then-Mayor James Hahn and ran ads attacking Villaraigosa. “That is in the past,” Villaraigosa said. “I am here to endorse Phil Angelides.” Matt Davis, a spokesman for the Schwarzenegger campaign, said the endorsement was expected. “The governor still has respect for the mayor and wants to continue to work with him on education reform,” Davis said. “The mayor’s endorsement of Angelides does not change the problem Mr. Angelides has in connecting with his own base of support.” Angelides, however, said he believes he has a message for voters with his plans to cut taxes for the middle class. “The big corporations and special interests don’t need any more help in Sacramento,” Angelides said. “It’s the working families that need help.” He said that, if elected, he would spend more than the 50 percent required to fund schools in an effort to improve declining test scores and reduce dropout rates. And, although Angelides had been initially skeptical of Villaraigosa’s school-reform plan, he said he would sign it into law if he was governor. Villaraigosa’s endorsement could carry a lot of political weight, particularly in vote-rich Los Angeles if Villaraigosa is able to turn out his broad base of supporters, Republican strategist Arnold Steinberg said. “I don’t expect you will see the mayor out there doing negative attacks on the governor, but if he appears in television commercials and mailers (for Angelides) – especially to the Latino community – it could have an impact,” Steinberg said. Tuesday’s campaign rally at the school – where one student collapsed briefly from the heat and excitement – drew 11 television cameras. The mayor was the first to get to the girl, helping her outside the auditorium and folding up his suit jacket to make a pillow for her. Earlier in the day, Angelides and Villaraigosa marched in the heavily Hispanic Mission District of San Francisco with that city’s mayor, Gavin Newsom, who also appeared at the Los Angeles rally. Villaraigosa defended the use of a public school for a political rally – taking students out of class for nearly two hours on the first day of school. “It is important also to have an education on the civic issues of the day,” Villaraigosa said. “I think it’s worth a couple of hours.” The LAUSD has a policy allowing discussions of political issues on campuses, including by candidates, but it is supposed to stop at partisan politics. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“I have supported this man in every race he has had,” Villaraigosa said. “I told him after the primary election I would endorse him after I had worked on the school-reform plan.” Assembly Bill 1381 cleared the Legislature last week, and Schwarzenegger has promised to sign it by the Sept. 30 deadline. And even as Villaraigosa voiced his support for Angelides, he vowed to campaign for Schwarzenegger’s $37 billion infrastructure-improvement bonds slated for the November ballot. “I will campaign with whoever is behind those bonds,” Villaraigosa said during the Angelides news conference at the Foshay Learning Academy in South Los Angeles. “Whether it’s the governor or anyone else, we need to pass those bonds to rebuild our infrastructure.” Angelides insisted he won’t be bothered by images of Villaraigosa and Schwarzenegger appearing together in the coming months to campaign for the bond issues. Ending months of speculation, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa stood arm in arm Tuesday with state Treasurer Phil Angelides and officially endorsed the Democratic candidate for governor. The endorsement by the influential, high-profile mayor gave a significant boost to Angelides, who faces sagging poll numbers and troubling alliances that Democratic lawmakers formed with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger during the recent legislative session. “I told you we would be having a wedding someday,” Angelides told reporters afterward. “Now we can start planning the party for Nov. 7.” There had been some speculation that Villaraigosa was withholding his endorsement in the gubernatorial race in an effort to ensure support from Schwarzenegger and legislators for the mayor’s measure to take over the Los Angeles Unified School District. But Villaraigosa maintained that his decision to endorse Angelides was never in doubt. last_img

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