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Is a Cabinet post in the offing for Villaraigosa?

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President Barack Obama is looking to fill out his Cabinet, but is Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on the short list?

L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa addressed the National Press Club Monday, ostensibly to talk about immigration reform. But the Mayor sounded more like he was auditioning for a job.

The rumors have been floating around for months: will Villaraigosa be invited to join the cabinet of the second Obama Administration?

Villaraigosa steps down this summer after two terms as mayor. At a luncheon for media and Latino leaders at the National Press Club, Villaraigosa said he’s aware of the abyss: "With each passing week I take another step toward what one wit would call the transition from Who’s Who to who’s he?"

Villaraigosa’s has already served as Speaker in the state Assembly. And he doesn’t seem much interested in running for Governor. When asked whether he’s been asked by the White House to take a Cabinet position, Villaraigosa gave his stock answer: "I don’t care to comment on any future job. I’m focused on the job I’ve got."


California's the place to be for big-name guests at convention breakfasts

Nancy Pelosi Holds Her Weekly Briefing

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Nancy Pelosi: one of the bazillion bigwigs set to speak at the DNC's California Democrats breakfast.

California's a reliable blue state with the largest delegation at the Democratic National Convention and while we may not a swing state, we still get a lot of love from the Party Powers That Be.

Here are a few of the "bigger" names headlining at the California Democrats' breakfasts: Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (she's from California, so no big surprise); but also House members John Lewis, Jared Polis, Donna Edwards and Xavier Becerra. 

Both Senators — Boxer and Feinstein — are dropping by to speak, as well as Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

State officials are also taking the mic: Secretary of State Debra Bowen, Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, State Controller John Chiang, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee and Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones.