(CNN) - The field of candidates vying to succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger as California governor could grow today.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will announce this afternoon whether he's going to jump into the race. The mayor will make his news on exclusively on CNN's The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer at 4pm ET.
If Villaraigosa jumps in, he'll join San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who announced in April that he would run for Democratic nomination for governor in next year's election. California Attorney General and former governor Jerry Brown has indicated he plans to run as well, but he has not officially tossed his hat into the gubernatorial ring. Lt. Gov. John Garamendi may also join the contest.
"Villaraigosa is obviously very well known in Los Angeles and LA has the largest media market in the state," said CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider. "Ordinarily being a Latino would give Villaraigosa a large base of voters, but he may have to compete with Brown for some of those voters, particularly older ones, who were very loyal to Brown when he was governor back in the 1970's."
On the Republican side, although she hasn't officially announced her candidacy, former eBay executive Meg Whitman appears to be running governor. She would join former Rep. Tom Campbell and California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who have officially announced their intentions to run for governor of California in 2010.
this gut is a liberal clown and acted like a republican and cheated on his wife but he is not responsible because he is a hypocrite democrat.
"Newsom will need all the GOP = 21st century dodo voters, I mean gay voters that he can get!
I suggest you move to Mass. and vote for Ted while there's still time."
21% and shrinking.
I don't think the "struggling actors" can scrounge up the money to get to Texas. They are too busy spending it on Ed Hardy clothes, alchohol, coke (not the drink), and Paris Hilton perfume.
This guy's a joke! Villaraigosa is a typical career politician. We need someone new, with fresh ideas.
Democrats in Sacramento have ruined this beautiful state.
@ Jon in CA, who said "1) Passed Prop 8 keeping marriage defined as 1 man + 1 woman"
Soooo, you think that's going to stand up to the federal Constitution? HAHAHA...read a book or take a class buddy. Hint: you can't vote to take away rights guaranteed by the federal Constitution (that's why the Constitution is there in the first place...to prevent the tyranny of the majority over the minority). All that quote amounts to is you admitting that the majority of Californians are bigots. Now there's something to be proud of. Hate the 1st and 14th Amendments all you want...we already know you guys consider the Constitution an impediment to your theocratic neocon agenda anyway.
Comment by 'carlos' June 22nd, 2009 2:35 pm ET
GOP hates Latinos? Oh, please!
You sound ignorant...weak argument...
So, what happened?
I, too, am a Dem, and I liked Haas' statements of fact. Too many comments are just petty and ridiculous.
I am employed by the city of Los Angeles, and most people I know think Villaraigosa is the biggest joke in the world. He always has his eye on the next rung on the ladder, and doesn't seem to care who he steps on or kicks off to get there. He should spend more time cleaning up the current mess before he eyes the next prize.
I really don't think he stands a chance in this, because his true personality and behavior is more out in the open.
It would be nice to get someone progressive in office (Dem or Rep) who utilizes more of California's renewable natural resources, and starts implementing education plans that teach people to fish insteading of handing them the fish.
Governor? He hasn't done anything yet while being Mayor!
TO all of you people who think California is,
a: written in Spanish
b) American... as in before 1492
c) Mexican? you better believe it...
d) has any of you read-migration trends? and you said you all went to college? pardon me!
:) very entretaining.....
Tate June 22nd, 2009 3:47 pm ET
California cant fall into the Pacific fast enough. That state is a joke and a snapshot of the left and democrats policy. Just like Britian at total failure.
Why do I have this sneaking suspicion that you've A) never been to California, and B) don't have a passport?
There's a big, big world outside Six Toe County.
Hey Tate....are you from Texas?We in CA shoulder a larger share of the tax burden than any state.That road you use to drive to your klan meetings was probably paid for with CA dollars....show some respect .
It will be interesting given that the LA area represents 35% of the state vote and critical latino vote in LA and Central valley area.
I recall the mayor when he was assembly leader and did a good job.
Well he said no, well his personal life would be a target.
We do not need a worthles human being like Villaraigosa is Sacramento. He will be a bigger disaster than Arnold.
Comment by 'carlo' June 22nd, 2009 1:33 pm ET
Right back at you, Carlo! It is apparent that you are clueless about politics. And, yes, we do have a Republican as Governor but guess what; the dumb Democrats are in control in Sacramento - so that would make Arnold powerless, right?
By the way, Microsoft Word has a great tool called "spell check" - try it next time before you post on here!
FYI – Angelinos are eager and ready to clean house!
Villaraigosa's done nothing for LA. Why would anyone even consider voting for him for Governor? Oh, I forgot, California's the land of fruits and nuts. You elect this man you deserve what you get.