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Villaraigosa for DNC chair?

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is being talked up as a possible chair of the Democratic National Committee during President Obama's second term. Along with Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak, "another mayor high on some lists is Los Angeles’s Antonio Villaraigosa, who chaired the 2012 Democratic National Convention, toured swing states for Obama and appeared frequently on both English- and Spanish-language national television," says Politico's Alexander Burns.

In addition to both being mayors, Rybak and Villaraigosa are also known to have gubernatorial ambitions in their home states. Both of them are currently serving terms that expire in 2013; Villaraigosa will not run again while Rybak has not yet stated his plans for the future....


The big caveat to any DNC speculation is that Obama’s vote is ultimately the only one that matters; no matter how well regarded one candidate or another might be within the party, the decision comes down to the president and there’s no indication a choice is imminent.

Beyond Rybak and Villaraigosa, Democrats named two former governors who were in the mix for the DNC chairmanship two years ago: Ohio’s Ted Strickland and Michigan’s Jennifer Granholm.

It would be a job that should let Villaraigosa finish out his term, given that it's not even open yet — and part-time. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is still DNC chair and might just remain so.


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