Patrick Range McDonald wrote a blistering expose about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in the LA Weekly back in September of this year. The article was scathing yet never once mentioned the Mayor’s love of the ladies…especially those that are members of the press.
Villaraigosa defended himself to the LA Daily News last Friday:
His active campaigning across the country for Clinton and, after her loss, Obama drew the most criticism this past year as he combined those events with his own fundraising. One newspaper, the L.A. Weekly, charted a period of his work then and concluded he only spent 11 percent of his time working on city business.
It’s a story that still rankles.
“It didn’t really go anywhere because it wasn’t true,” Villaraigosa said. “They were upset because we only gave them my public calendar. They didn’t get to see what I was doing privately, with meetings here (at City Hall) or in other places.
“Everyone who knows me, knows I work hard. That’s why both Sen. Clinton and Obama wanted me to campaign for them.
“And, I did most of that on weekends. I took a lot of red-eyes to make sure I was here.”
The answer to charges that the mayor is lazy? Red-eyes.
FBLA asked McDonald how it feels to be the blow back to Tony V delivering Hillary…er Barack to the American people? McDonald told us, “There wouldn’t be any blow back if the people of Los Angeles weren’t upset by the mayor’s actions, and despite what the Mayor’s Office says, the people of Los Angeles weren’t happy with the L.A. Weekly’s findings. The resulting outrage makes me wonder if the article, and the responses to it, had something to do with the fact that Villaraigosa doesn’t appear to be landing a new job in an Obama Administration any time soon.”