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Crass Politics and Boredom Rule-Just Another Day in the Mayor's Race

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So, you’re telling us that there’s more than a month until the mayoral election? Shouldn’t we just hold it now? All three of the major challengers (Alarcon, Parks, and Bobzilla Hertzberg) have endorsed Villaraigosa. He’s opened up an 18-point lead on Hahn. Oh, and he holds a large fundraising advantage too. Do we really have to drag this out any further, this slow, Kafkaesque march of an incumbent to his executioners at the polls? At least people were somewhat surprised by the results of the recall--when we wake up the morning after election day, will anyone be surprised when we see a beaming Antonio Villaraigosa?

The only relative surprise now is the Hertzberg endorsement of Villaraigosa, at least for insiders. It was quite common knowledge that he didn’t like Villaraigosa, and he even joked about it today–-Kevin Roderick records the nervous laughter accompanying some of Hertzberg’s cracks about their past tensions. We even thought ourselves that he wouldn’t endorse. We think it’s a rather crass political move by Hertzberg. He knows that with Villaraigosa ahead in fundraising, in the polls, and in the endorsements, he has nothing to lose and everything to gain by driving the final nail in the coffin. We wonder what the deal was. City Attorney? Involvement in the mayoral administration one way or another? Maybe Special Advisor on LAUSD with a promise to make him the leader of a task force on improving schools? (That would be great for both of them; it’d keep Hertzberg busy with wonky ideas on his pet issue while Villaraigosa could actually exercise power.) Strange endorsements and political wheeling and dealing? Just another day in LA politics.