New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican, suggested that Mayor Villaraigosa, a Democrat, should bypass a run for California Governorship in 2008 and instead aim for the White House (source: LA Daily News).
Sounds to me like the Republicans want anyone who won’t stand a chance to go up against them in the next Presidential race. Or maybe this is just pandering towards Hispanic and Latino voters who will be in the spotlight again, unless, of course, the whole immigration debate disappears. But maybe my spepticism is ill placed, as Bloomberg seems to be a solid mayor with a wide range of bipartisan support in a city (arguably) more diverse than Los Angeles.
Regardless, the idea of Mayor V running for President is far fetched, albeit impractical. His experience handling politics and management is relatively minimal beyond city issues. After our current Commander in Chief, we need to make sure the next one has a track record of handling a wide range of issues, beginning with disaster response. Short of miraculous results at the LAUSD, or, shudder to think, pristine crisis management after a potential earthquake or local terror attack, Mayor V will not be worthy of leapfrogging onto a Presidential ballot.
(photo by ollinkoatl on Flickr)