The former mayor of Los Angeles is scheduled to have a lunch meeting Wednesday with members of the 22-person caucus at the Westin Verasa Hotel in Napa, the site of a multi-day retreat.
The caucus, which is scheduled to hear a speech tonight from state Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, has pressed for a strong Latino candidate to enter the Senate race to replace the retiring Barbara Boxer.
"Antonio is a valued and respected public servant who still has a great deal to offer California," Alejo said in a statement. "We look forward to working with him to improve California wherever the future may lead him. We remain hopeful that the U.S Senate race will energize and excite voters up and down our great state."
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“There are many talented Latino leaders who could help energize Latino Democratic voters,” said Caucus Vice Chairman
Besides Villaraigosa, who had the best name recognition, Hueso said other possible high-profile candidates could be U.S. Rep.