Politics & Government

February 2, 2009 7:25 AM

Despite a tough year, L.A. mayor is back on top

Barely a year ago, Antonio Villaraigosa's political star seemed anything but luminous. His wife had divorced him after he admitted an affair. A court blocked his high-profile move to seize control of Los Angeles' school system. And yet the Los Angeles mayor is soaring, running virtually unchallenged for re-election in March and widely discussed as a likely 2010 gubernatorial candidate.

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