Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa went a bit further than he has before, telling AP political writer Michael Blood that he won't promise not to begin running for governor if he's reelected. "I'm not going to make a promise I can't keep," Villaraigosa said in an interview today. "I can tell you that I will look at the issue further down the road, but I'm focused on this job and focused on re-election." Blood reports that Villaraigosa "talked at length" about the break up of his marriage and the affair with Mirthala Salinas:
"People grow apart," he said, referring to his marriage. "I didn't handle it the right way."
He said he had grown closer to his children, despite the family turmoil.
"I should have been as diligent with my personal life and disciplined as I am in my public life," he said. "I let people down."
There's more, including Villaraigosa's take on his record and some of the issues. He's up for reelection March 3 against nine minor candidates, including lawyer Walter Moore, and would win outright by getting 50% plus one of the votes cast. Voting by mail is already underway.
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