A hot new Field Poll shows Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom are unpopular statewide, and lag so far behind U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein that Di-Fi would sail into the California governor's post if she ran today.
Newsom's popularity plunged after he became the poster boy for Yes on 8, and now even San Francisco progressives are pissed at him.
Villaraigosa has a different problem, beyond the fact that, like Newsom, his negatives are higher than his positives in the Field Poll.
After all of Antonio's ribbon-cutting and primping for the cameras (LA Weekly's Patrick McDonald recently revealed that Antonio spends only about 11 percent of his time on actual city business), a big chunk of California voters simply are not familiar with the guy. Does this portend even more travel outside Los Angeles, even more incessant fund-raising, and even less interest in his real job?