L.A. mayor to chair Democratic Convention
February 14th, 2012
09:22 PM ET
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L.A. mayor to chair Democratic Convention

Washington (CNN) – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be named chairman of the Democratic National Convention.

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told members Tuesday she would nominate Villaraigosa to the position, according to an email obtained by CNN from a Democratic source who asked not to be identified.

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Villaraigosa, a prominent Hispanic leader, is expected to be a key surrogate for President Barack Obama on the campaign trail as Obama seeks a second term.

"Mayor Villaraigosa has dedicated his career to civic engagement and empowering people at the grassroots," Wasserman Shultz said in the email. "And that's exactly what we need to be successful at this convention–input and engagement from Americans across the country."

The Los Angeles mayor will oversee the daily program for the convention, scheduled for the first week of September in Charlotte, North Carolina.

A formal announcement naming Villaraigosa chairman will be made Wednesday, two Democratic sources said.

News that Villaraigosa would be named convention chair was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.

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Filed under: 2012 • Democrats • President Obama
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Norm

    What a bold and brilliant move by President Obama.
    Excellent strategy....

    February 14, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. Larry L

    Good choice! The Democrats must remain the Party connected with people, technology and able to interact in a diverse world. Mayor Villaraigosa projects that image well.

    February 14, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  3. iForgot

    As soon as the right-wingers saw this, I bet they went straight to Google to try to find some dirt on him.

    February 14, 2012 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  4. Thomas

    This Guy Loves His Job !

    February 14, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  5. flashinpan

    The Dems are letting that buffoon Tony Villar chair their convention? That's great news for Republicans!

    February 14, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  6. Harlan B.

    Who at the DNC's headquarters thougt that the mayor of a horribly run, graffiti-strewn, pothole-ridden, nightmarishly bureaucratic city whose idea of balancing the budget was pushing his city's crushing debt (which he accumulated) back to 2014 would make a good face for the DNC? As a native of Charlotte, I am disgusted. I'd love to hear what Adam Carolla would have to say about this.

    February 14, 2012 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  7. Robert

    Careful everyone... Look at the State of Affairs in Los Angeles and know for certain he is a real politican and don't believe a word he says!

    February 15, 2012 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  8. chuck weidemann

    Wonder if Santorum will get any Hispanic vote? For that matter what about the women's vote? Looks like the democrats are putting a pretty tough team together.

    February 15, 2012 03:04 am at 3:04 am |