After being termed out of the State Assembly, he was elected to the Los Angeles City Council (2003) and served until he was elected Mayor (2005).
Villaraigosa is a member of the Democratic Party, and was a national co-chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, a member of President Barack Obama's Transition Economic Advisory Board, He ran for Mayor in 2001 against Los Angeles City Attorney James Hahn, but lost in the second round of voting.
Rosenthal of the New York Times who said, “I don’t care if my reporters are sleeping with elephants, so long as they aren’t covering the circus.” But apparently that most basic of journalistic rules was lost on Mirthala Salinas, who remains on unpaid leave while the Spanish-language television network Telemundo decides her fate for dating Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa while she covered him as a political reporter.• Matt Cooper, then Newsweek’s deputy bureau chief in Washington, married Mandy Grunwald, a longtime media advisor for the Clintons, in 1997.
• Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent, dated Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan for 12 years before marrying him in 1997.
When it was disclosed yesterday that the Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa has been dating a Corsini on-air anchor/reporter named Lu Parker since last March, Corsini issued this terse response to the LA Times in regards to the questions of whether or not the relationship posed any ethical problems for him or his station.
In fact, Corsini may not be far behind the Mayor of LA when it comes to raising questions within a newsroom about ethics.
The first of its kind in the major market TV business.
Parker anchored a newscast Sunday during which she announced Villaraigosa's prospects of running for governor in 2010.He was the first Mexican American in over 130 years to have served as Mayor of Los Angeles.He was term limited and could not run for re-election in 2013.• Jack Welch, General Electric chairman, and Suzy Wetlaufer, editor of the Harvard Business Review, became romantically involved, although he was married, in 2002 after she interviewed him for a story. Today they co-write a column for Business Week magazine.• Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell and television news reporter/anchor Marion Brooks had a four-year relationship during the mid-1990s.She is now an anchor for an NBC affiliate in Chicago, and he was convicted of tax evasion in 2006 and sentenced to 30 months in prison.