Political Round: The pieces of the political board move towards 24 and 26

Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo, born in El Salvador but who grew up in Boyle Heights and City Terrace, announces that she will seek to unseat Councilmember Kevin de León. (Aurelia Ventura/La Opinion)

Photo: Aurelia Ventura / Impremedia / La Opinion

Assemblywoman Wendy Carrillo confirmed what was already vox populi: she will campaign to try to wrest Councilman Kevin de León's seat on the Council in 2024. As you know, she is the second public figure to announce that she is going after the Councilor's head. The first was Assemblyman Miguel Santiago. Who will continue to announce his candidacy?

What is clear to us is that several legislators have seen the opportunity to rise politically and jump from the Assembly to the Los Angeles Council, taking advantage of Councilman De León's vulnerability after his participation in a racist conversation.

And it is that once all the strategies to get him out of office have been exhausted, the next step is to try to unseat him by electoral means next year.

But could Wendy and Santiago topple KDL? In reality none of them have his track record or his achievements, but if Councilman De León is left without the support of the unions and resources to finance his re-election campaign, the path will be cleared for Santiago and Wendy.

And more, if Wendy ties the support of the mayor Karen Bass, to which she must be betting. But both Santiago and Wendy must have made some tie-ups, because they're not jumping in without having a backup.

In Kevin's favor, he's working like crazy, overtime in his district, cleaning and other services, like he hasn't done in a long time.

So only his work could save him against the establishment Democrat and the unions, but the electoral fight will be tricky.

Many of us still wonder why they want to crush Kevin politically. This goes beyond the fact that he was present in a racist conversation. Rather it seems that they want to collect old bills. Does it have something to do with his audacity to challenge Dianne Feinstein? Or with the anger that he provoked when he had not finished heating up the seat in the Council after winning the election, and he was already announcing his campaign for mayor of Los Angeles, competing with the current mayor Karen Bass, who came with the full support of the president. Biden.

We'll know. For now, the list of those who want to remove KDL is going to be full. Also note former councilor Nick Pacheco, Eduardo Vargas, Ysabel Jurado and Nadine Díaz. It's going to be a scramble!

Antonio Villaraigosa with Mayor Karen Bass. (Aurelia Ventura/ La Opinion)

He goes for the big one again

The one who we have seen very active and very close to Mayor Bass is former mayor Antonio Villarraigosa, who in 2026 will surely seek to be governor of California again. So after being disappeared from the public scene, we will see it more and more. Although he already has several opponents such as Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis and Comptroller Betty Yee, who have already made public that they are running for governor of California.

Jill Biden (d), and Julie Chávez Rodríguez, planted roses in honor of César Chávez at the White House.
Jill Biden (d), and Julie Chávez Rodríguez, planting roses in honor of César Chávez at the White House.

Julie's Background

It is very striking that nowhere is it mentioned that the new head of Biden's re-election campaign, Julie Chávez Rodríguez, granddaughter of union leader César Chávez and daughter of Arturo Rodríguez, former president of the California Farm Workers Union who at the same time he married Linda Chávez, the daughter of the union icon, he lost in his attempt to be an assemblyman and it was none other than Kevin de León who defeated her in 2006 in the primary.

Like that passage in his life, he disappeared from his public career. Well, I hope that President Biden does not want to use the appointment of Julie, as his re-election chief, without any experience running electoral campaigns for any politician, to look good with the Latino electorate and counteract his bad immigration policies.

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