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Mayor Villaraigosa Endorses, Donates to No on Prop 8

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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presided over a same-sex wedding ceremony on Monday, June 23, 2008 (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

"We need to redouble our efforts now to match the flood of money raised by supporters of Prop 8," Villaraigosa said in a statement announcing his $25,000 donation to defeat Proposition 8, which seeks to eliminate gay marriage in California. Although Villaraigosa has not officially said so, Top of the Ticket on the LA Times hints towards his higher aspirations that have been long rumored: "Villaraigosa is seriously toying with the idea of running for governor in 2010."

But city records, as his September 30th filing, show that he's raised $2,321,468.97 and spent $563,590.17 for his campaign to be reelected as mayor. Then again, he could always pull out of the local race.