Thursday, December 6, 2012

Courage Campaign Calls On Villaraigosa To Resign From Fix The Debt

As the petition calling on Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to resign from Fix the Debt approaches 13,000 signatures, progressive organizations in California are starting to weigh in.

Most notably, the 750,000-member California Courage Campaign announced this afternoon they would be joining in the effort to pressure Villaraigosa to distance himself from the right-wing lobbying group.

"The so-called 'Campaign to Fix the Debt' is nothing more than a front group to protect tax cuts for the wealthy while balancing the budget on the backs of the poor and elderly," said founder Rick Jacobs in a press release this afternoon.  "The fact that Mayor Villaragosa, or any other Democrat that claims to want to protect Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid, would join this effort is nothing short of shameful. Villaragosa should spend his time focusing on the needs of Los Angeles not working as a front man for corporate CEOs looking to protect their tax cuts. Mayor Villaragosa should resign immediately."

Despite intense media scrutiny, Villaraigosa seemed unfazed by the efforts.

"I am a Democrat and a progressive, but you know what? The country is evenly divided.  They won too," Villaraigosa told CNN, referring to Republican lawmakers

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