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Villaraigosa photobombs the DNC: Mayor says he'll fly back to LA ASAP if needed, but also hobnobs (photos)

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in Charlotte all week, chairing the Democratic National Convention. But what happens if a wildfire takes a turn for the worse or some other local crisis erupts?

Villaraigosa said that if something serious happens that requires not just his attention "from afar," he'll "take the first plane out and be back." The mayor said he's on the phone every other hour, checking in with city hall and tending to L.A. government business.

He said the DNC and the Obama campaign know that if he needs to leave town to tackle a crisis in L.A., he'll do it.

Villaraigosa has been on the road quite a bit. He's made frequent trips to Washington, lobbying Congress for transportation loans. More recently, the Obama campaign has sent him to swing states such as Nevada to rally voters for the November election.

Wednesday night, Villaraigosa speaks during primetime at the Democratic National Convention, right before former President Bill Clinton.

Villaraigosa has also been busy hobnobbing at the DNC with a number of Democratic luminaries, like First Lady Michelle Obama, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, which you can see in the photo gallery above.

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