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Mayoral affair detailed

The Los Angeles Daily News has published - and confirmed - the details of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's affair with a local Spanish-language newswoman.

With the Daily News set to publish a story about his relationship with Salinas, an anchorwoman and reporter for NBC-Telemundo (Channel 52), and his mother-in-law's account of the climactic moment in his marriage, Villaraigosa issued the following statement:

"It is true that I have a relationship with Ms. Mirthala Salinas. As I've said I take full responsibility for my actions, and I once again ask that people respect my family's privacy. For my part, I intend to stay focused on my job, and to work as hard as I can every day to be the best mayor I can be."(Daily News)

The paper continues:

Unlike when the low-key James Hahn's marriage fell apart during the second year of his term as mayor and the press discreetly gave him a pass, the break-up of the charismatic Villaraigosa's marriage sent dozens of newspaper and television reporters and paparazzi scurrying for the story behind the story.

That had a lot to do with Villaraigosa's high-profile visibility and his reputation as something of a womanizer.

Much of the gossip from City Hall insiders and speculation on Internet blogs has focused on Salinas as the other woman in the mayor's life.

Salinas, an attractive woman in her mid-30s, is a 6 p.m. news anchor and on-camera reporter for the Spanish language station.

Villaraigosa and Salinas have appeared together at several events, particularly those oriented toward Latino politics and culture, but neither friends nor enemies report seeing public displays of affection between them.