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LA Mayor “Suave”

Victoria DeFrancesco Sotobyline‚ Jan. 14‚ 2013

Rule number one in politics: don’t make the headlines of TMZ.

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has broken this cardinal rule three times in the last week. TMZ, the celebrity gossip site has actually bestowed the title of Mayor Suave upon Villaraigosa.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Harvey Levin and the TMZ crew and right next to my POLITICO and RealClearPolitics phone app is my TMZ app. But, this is not where I should be going to read about my national leaders and this isn’t the first time Villaraigosa has been fodder for TMZ.

This TMZ episode speaks to a larger question about what the mayor’s legacy will be. Will it simply be that of a common Latino stereotype of the suave Latin lover? Or does Mayor Villaraigosa leave office this year with a legacy—a lasting political accomplishment akin to Mayor Giuliani’s cleaning up New York’s Times Square or Richard M. Daley making Chicago a global city.