Villaraigosa Named Democratic Convention Chair
According to the Huffington Post, an email by congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz indicated Villaraigosa will be nominated to chair the September convention.
An official announcement was scheduled for Wednesday in order to align with Obama's Los Angeles fundraiser, said the LA Times. The mayor plans to attend the Beverly Hills event.
As convention chair, Villaraigosa will wield the gavel at the kickoff event Sept. 3 and act as a spokesman for the convention. The mayor will appear in a promotional Web video that will air Wednesday, said the LA Times.
Chairing the convention will place Villaraigosa in the national spotlight and court Latino support for the Democratic party, said the AP.
The LA Weekly blog reports Villaraigosa is the first L.A. mayor to be honored with the position.
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