Well, You Can Write Off That Gubernatorial Run.

(Yep, politics. So be it.)

Having noted the churlish manner in which SF mayor Gavin Newsom screwed his campaign manager’s wife earlier this year (not only did he go after his best friend’s wife, but he had the temerity to blame booze), I’ve been kind of remiss in not writing about the dalliances of Los Angeles’ own Antonio Villaraigosa with a Telemundo reporter/anchorwoman. Some quick opening notes:

  1. No one in L.A. would have cared a whit about it if he actually had some record of doing something related to his job as mayor.
  2. Also, no one would have cared if he hadn’t gone and dragged out his wife (who already put up with one affair previously and took him back) and family on the campaign trail during the campaign. When his predecessor, Joseph Hahn, got divorced while in office, it wasn’t a big deal. (This is also because Hahn is about as milquetoast as you can get.)
  3. It’s kind of odd for “Mayor T.V.” (when I was working down there, he did a segment every week on Channel 9 called “Ask the Mayor”) to be asking for privacy.

Of course, Mirthala Salinas, the reporter, has been placed on leave by KVEA while an internal review goes on. Romantic relationships in broadcast media are tough: bad hours, most of us in the profession are sick obsessives whom people are better off not being married or attached to. Many wind up dating and marrying co-workers or fellow members of the broadcast media tribe. However, a cardinal rule is not to date a source, particularly a high-ranking one, and it’s bad management on the part of her bosses to allow that to continue (Salinas had apparently dated CA Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez as well). Salinas requested to be removed from covering the mayor — some more questions should have been asked.

I would have loved to watch the newscast where Salinas reported Villaraigosa’s divorce knowing full well what caused it (my Spanish is still good, if rusty; sadly, the clip is not on YouTube). You couldn’t Awkward Turtle your way out of that one.

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  2. […] cause The Daily Mail to print a special edition tomorrow morning. But my favorite moment came from recently disgraced LA Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa. When he was introduced, he was booed vehemently. Easily the […]

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