Politicians and reporters don’t make good bedfellows

Things are not looking good for Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his (until this week) under-the-radar girlfriend, Telemundo-affiliate anchor-reporter Mirthala Salinas. On the...

Things are not looking good for Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his (until this week) under-the-radar girlfriend, Telemundo-affiliate anchor-reporter Mirthala Salinas. On the one hand, news of the affair has all but shattered Mayor Antonio's carefully crafted family-focused image; as columnist Steve Lopez wrote in yesterday's LA Times, after speaking to Jaime Regalado, who runs public policy institute Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs.
At Cal State L.A. on Tuesday, Jaime Regalado was fielding a steady stream of e-mails, almost all of them from women who've had it with the Don Juan who calls himself our mayor. "They'll never vote for him again," [says] Regalado, who runs the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs.

Salinas issued the following statement, which was reported by the LAT
"I first got to know the mayor at a professional level, where we went on to become friends," she said. "The current relationship grew out of our existing friendship."

Salinas said that although she and the mayor "are both public figures, I hope that everyone can understand and respect my desire to maintain my privacy when it comes to personal relationships."

Though the story broke in the LA Daily News, the LA Times added some color yesterday when it quoted one of Ms. Salinas' neighbors, one Jean Rouda, who recalled running into the mayor in her Sherman Oaks, CA, condo, "carrying bags of takeout food and a bottle of wine." Rouda told the paper she was surprised that he had no security, and that there was no limo parked outside.
Rouda said she was certain that Villaraigosa was visiting Salinas because everyone else in the 15-unit complex was "older and Jewish" except for her. "I knew he was not going to visit an elderly Jewish woman with wine and food," she said.

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