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June 22, 2009

Villaraigosa’s big announcement

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be announcing whether he will run for governor of California this afternoon at 4:00 EST on CNN’s “Situation Room.”

Villaraigosa’s intentions have been closely scrutinized by California politicos, and he has kept his future political plans closely under wraps.

In 2005, Villaraigosa became the first Hispanic mayor of Los Angeles in over a century — winning him a wave of national publicity — but the city’s economic struggles has dimmed his star power since then.

The field of Democrats vying for the governorship is currently led by two other California political heavyweights, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and state Attorney General Jerry Brown.