Mayor of Los Angeles. A far-left former college radical who's basically a truth-challenged empty suit motivated more by completely selfish personal ambition rather than ideology. Attended University of California at Los Angeles, where he was a former leader of the Chicano racial separatist organization MEChA. Despite the fact that he somewhat renounced that group in 2005, the Los Angeles Times continued its history of covering up for him. In addition to the LAT, his elite support comes from real estate developers, with his popular support coming from Hispanics including illegal aliens.
He's a strong supporter of illegal immigration, opposing immigration raids (also see this) and saying that illegal aliens have a right to remain here. He has questionable associations and after he was elected mayor he said that Mexico will play an important role in shaping his policies. He's also known to play the race card. And, he's tried to silence his critics.
In 2007, his career was dealt a blow after an affair with a TV newswoman ended his marriage. For his past history, see this, this, and this.