Villaraigosa wants name taken off Proposition 32 ad
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Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made a cameo appearance in an online ad for Proposition 32, and he’s not happy about it.
Villariagosa opposes the measure, which would prevent unions and corporations from using automatic payroll deductions to use for political donations. Labor leaders say it is aimed at curbing their power and influence in state politics.
In a letter to Yes on 32 campaign attorney Ashlee Titus, Villaraigosa said he was “shocked” to find his name used in a campaign Web video.
“But perhaps my surprise is misplaced,” Villaraigosa wrote. “After all, the entire Yes on Proposition 32 campaign is based on deception and a distasteful disregard for the facts. Your unauthorized use of my name and words creates a misleading impression for voters that I support Prop. 32. This is patently false.”
The ad features a quote from Villaraigosa railing against the California Teachers Assn. efforts to kill a bill that would have made it easier to fire teachers accused of sexual misconduct. Villaraigosa said his quote was used out of context.
‘The context is crystal clear,’ said Yes on 32 spokesman Jake Suski in a statement. ‘The Mayor was right to express outrage over the CTA blocking a bill that would have made it easier to remove child molesters from California’s classrooms. As we’ve come to expect, this is another politician saying one thing to voters and then retreating in the face of special interest influence.’
--Anthony York in Sacramento