Villaraigosa Will Chair Democratic National Convention
By Mark Z. Barabak and John Hoeffel
February 14, 2012, 4:12 p.m.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been selected chairman of this summer’s Democratic National Convention, elevating his role as a surrogate in the Latino community and raising his national profile at a time Villaraigosa considers his political future.
A formal announcement was scheduled Wednesday in Washington, with the mayor planning to join President Obama on Wednesday night for a presidential fundraiser in Los Angeles.
As convention chairman, Villaraigosa will wield the gavel during the event in Charlotte, N.C., which opens with a festival on Sept. 3 and continues for three days of official business, including the nomination of Obama and his acceptance speech.
Villaraigosa will also serve as a spokesman for the convention, starting with a Web video the party planned to release on Wednesday.