LA mayor says he has no interest in Cabinet post
February 2nd, 2013
10:49 AM ET
1 year ago

LA mayor says he has no interest in Cabinet post

(CNN) - Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is staying put for now.

Villaraigosa, who some speculated would succeed Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, said late Friday he is not interested in any role on President Barack Obama's Cabinet.

He said in a statement that serving his home city has been an "honor and privilege," and he touted his accomplishments in transportation, education, crime control and carbon emissions.

"I have said many times that I will be focused on my job as mayor of Los Angeles until 11:59 and 59 seconds on June 30, 2013," Villaraigosa said. "I am flattered and humbled by the speculation that has included my name for a possible Cabinet secretary position, but I am firmly committed to remaining in LA and finishing my term."

Villaraigosa was first elected mayor in 2005 and is rounding out his second term. Term limits rule out the possibility of a third term.

LaHood is an original member of Obama's Cabinet and said Tuesday he would step down once a successor is in place.

Villaraigosa has raised his profile over the past several years, first as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and then as chairman of the Democratic National Convention last summer.

He has been a vocal supporter of and surrogate for Obama and urged Congress last year to pass a transportation funding project.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. jpmichigan

    This is one smart man!

    February 2, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  2. CT_Yank

    What is the point of saying "no" to a job that you haven't been offered?

    February 2, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  3. plain&simple

    He wants to be Gov. of California! Cabinet position would stop his political ambitions. Eventually the first Latino potus. Rubio can only dream.

    February 2, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  4. Name lynn

    I dont blame you because them white house leaders have problems, you might have problems i hope not like them, be smart not dumb.

    February 2, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Logic N LA

    I hope he retires from political life so he won't hurt people the way he did L.A. – The worst mayor we have ever had!

    February 2, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  6. confused

    I think he is making it publicly known he does not wish to be part of the cabinet, to avoid the dirt digging and scrutiny that the job will incur.

    February 2, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |