Will Antonio Villaraigosa Fall Like Henry Cisneros?

During the 1980s and early 1990s, Henry Cisneros received adulatory media coverage for being a photogenic latino politician on the rise. Cisneros became such a sacred cow in San Antonio that he rarely suffered from a critical press. He could do no wrong. Texas Monthly (?) had a cover of Cisneros dressed in white aloft a white bed holding his baby who’d been born with a birth defect. Henry looked angelic. Cisneros served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1993 to 1997. His career was damaged when he got crazy demands from his mistress Linda Medlar (a political operative) and he paid her hush money. One night Cisneros went to a bar (circa 1991) with a reporter from one of the San Antonio newspapers who was covering him and poured out his heart. The reporter took the information back to his editor and they decided it was all worth an investigation. Cisneros is brighter and more articulate than Antonio. Anna Scott writes for The Los Angeles Independent Sept. 27, 2006:

Eli Broad, one of the richest men in L.A., befriended and nurtured Henry Cisneros and Antonio Villaraigosa when they were down and out in their careers. Today, Cisneros is a multi-millionaire in Texas and Villaraigosa is mayor of Los Angeles and about to take control of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which Broad has been plotting for the past decade…

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