Villaraigosa will run for governor – someday

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Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (AP Photo)

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Termed-out Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has been coy about his plans when he leaves office at the end of the month, said Tuesday he definitely wants to run for governor, although he didn’t say when that might happen.

Speaking to KPCC radio’s Larry Mantle, Villaraigosa said flatly, “I want to run for governor. In fact, I fully expect that I will.”

Villaraigosa did not expand on his desire to run, saying only that he believes in “public service.” He has hinted in the past that he would not run against Gov. Jerry Brown, a fellow Democrat.

He also said he will miss being mayor.

“I will never have a job like this,” he said. “This city has given me more than I could have ever hoped for. The people of this town gave me a shot when a lot of folks thought it was an impossible dream.”

Last month, L.A. Weekly reported that the outgoing mayor would be leaving office facing a questionable future, with little money saved and no job.

But Villaraigosa told KPCC he had a vision for his post-mayoral life, noting that he plans to move to Venice.

“I love that part of the city, and it’s always been a great supporter of mine,” he said.

He said he hopes to affiliate with a university or think tank and “maybe do a little public speaking.”

“Then, you know, I want to do a listening tour,” he said. “I think we all want to restore the California dream and I want to figure out how to do it.”

For the immediate future, Villaraigosa said he is open to anything.

“I’ll do anything that the mayor, the governor, the city of Los Angeles ask me to do on their behalf,” he told KPCC. “People have said would I head up trade missions for the town when the mayor can’t. I said, ‘Absolutely.’ If I can promote the town that I was born and raised in and that my grandpa came to a hundred years ago, I’m going to do it.”

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