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Are 'Bloody Political Fights' in L.A. Keeping Villaraigosa From the 2010 Governor's Race?

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Will he or won't he? That seems to be the question of late when it comes to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's 2010 bid for California Governor.In an item run this weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle, the seeds of the no-go rumor were planted, watered, and sprouted: "Our sources in L.A. say Villaraigosa has come to the conclusion that the time is just not right for him to make a state run - given that he hasn't even been sworn in yet to a second term, and that he's facing bloody political fights at home."

But the Villaraigosa camp says the "no-go" is a "no." Well, sort of. "Villaraigosa insiders said the mayor has still not made a decision," LA Now reports, adding that the Mayor, whose tenure was recently labeled a "failure," and is poised to be sworn in for his second term "has said for months that he is considering a run for governor in 2010 but has not offered any rock-solid clues about a decision."

With Villaraigosa (maybe) out of the picture, the race looks to be a battle between SF's Mayor Gavin Newsom and California Attorney General Jerry Brown, though only Newsom has officially announced his candidacy.