Antonio Villaraigosa being talked about as possible Dem candidate in likely Newsom recall election

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Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and then-Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom at a June 2018 news conference in front of Homegirl Cafe in Los Angeles.(Los Angeles Times)

Former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and then-Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom at a June 2018 news conference in front of Homegirl Cafe in Los Angeles.(Los Angeles Times)

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa popped in to speak to a Loyola Marymount University class earlier this year, offering up a story about the pandemic and his career.

When some people ask if he’s glad he’s not governor or mayor during the tumultuous period of the health crisis, Villaraigosa responds with a dirty look, he told the students, according to a video of the class.

“I say, ‘Obviously, you don’t know me,’” Villaraigosa said, sounding as feisty as when he would spar with reporters at City Hall news conferences. “Because if you did, you would know I want to be right in the middle of all of it.”

He could soon get his chance. Three years after his underwhelming performance in the California governor’s race, Villaraigosa is being talked about as a possible Democratic candidate in the likely recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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