On tomorrow’s edition of “State of the Union with Candy Crowley” on CNN, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is expected to talk about the expansion of Los Angeles International Airport, the America Fast Forward bill and national politics.
In a web feature already online, the CNN reporter asked the mayor about a host of lighter topics, from tattoos to the red carpet to his recent comments on visiting Washington, D.C. Here is a look at what he said:
On his “Born to Raise Hell” tattoo:
“I took it off years ago. Yeah, about 20 years ago — 15-20 years ago. ‘Born to Raise Hell’ was here, and then I had my name with a girl’s name and a heart here. I put it on when I was 15, 16 years old and kind of lost, if you will.”
On a duty that is unique to being mayor of Los Angeles:
“This is a city where you have to walk the red carpet … The reason why I walk that red carpet as often as I do is I say this: The jobs behind the cameras are more important than the people in front of them. This is a job-creating industry, our creative economy. So, you’ll see me at the Academy Awards, at the Emmys, at virtually every red carpet affair because, you know, Mayor Bloomberg is on Wall Street and he should be because that’s the mode of force of the New York economy. The creative economy is our mode of force, so you’ll see me in Hollywood as much as I need to be.”
On what he doesn’t like about Washington, D.C.:
“I think the partisanship, the tone — yes — the lack of civility in that place. Look, I like to say they got elected, too. I may not agree with them, you know, I don’t think I agreed with much that President Bush did or said but he was the president of the United States of America and I respected him for holding that office. I think there’s not enough civility in that place. There’s certainly not enough getting done over there and, frankly, I think most of us who have to go from our cities with our hands out to ask for a partnership with the federal government feel the same way.”
“State of the Union with Candy Crowley” will air Sunday at 9 a.m.