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Mayoral Contenders Keep The Gloves On At L.A. Political Roast

Villaraigosa joked about his own ambitions, saying that he thought about becoming Pope, because "Pope would be a great stepping stone on the way to something else."

He also had the best jokes about the campaign to succeed him, which has drawn little interest from voters.

"Everyone's asking me who I'm supporting in the mayor's race," he said. "C'mon, I'm a third-generation Angeleno. I'm not voting... Hell, I'm not even registered to vote."

He said that Greuel would make a good mayor because, "she'd fit perfectly in Brian D'Arcy's pocket" -- ooooh -- "right where Eric wants to be."

After poking fun at LaBonge for routinely not knowing what he's voting on, Villaraigosa said, "What city councilman really knows what you're voting for? Isn't that what you lobbyists are for?"

The silence suggested he may have hit too close to home. "Hey I'm on my way out, baby," he said, recovering. "I wouldn't have said that in my first year."

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