RENO, Nev. (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says Mitt Romney’s recent comments about the foreclosure crisis show he’s out of touch with middle-class Americans.

Romney told the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s editorial board that he wants to allow home foreclosures to “hit the bottom” to help the housing industry recover.

In a speech to Washoe County Democrats in Reno on Friday night, Villaraigosa said Romney’s remarks show he does not want to help “responsible homeowners who have been scammed by lenders” or “middle-class families who – through no fault of their own – have hit hard times.”

Villaraigosa says the remarks are another sign that Romney and other Republican presidential candidates have lost touch with the middle class.

Nevada has the country’s highest foreclosure rate and highest unemployment rate.

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Comments (7)
  1. Pauline Belleville says:

    How would he know? He lives in a house paid for with tax dollars, is driven around in a car paid for by tax dollars, according to his own statement has taken more than 100 furloughs days off, and has LAPD provide his security when he does show up to work (mostly parties, concerts, and events paid for by others). This is not a middle-class lifestyle. The Mayor needs to take a look in the mirror, he’s done as much damage to the middle class worker in L.A. since he took office as anyone else he’s taking shots at.

    1. Ron says:

      Very well said Pauline. Tony V. the ” HYPOCRITE” is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

      We need a MAJOR change in the PAY and BENEFITS for all our elected and government officials/employees.

      First, NO living quarters, car allowances or medical benefits. They should be able to live off of and pay for their own auto and medical needs with their inflated pay. Second, only retirement benefits comparable to Social Security limits. They can invest a portion of their pay, just like the commoners do.

      This is only a good start and any other suggestions are welcomed.

  2. Hardmoney says:

    Tony Villar is out of touch with AMERICA.

  3. Citizen of LA says:

    Yeah and your out of touch with Los Angeles!

  4. FFL says:

    Tony Villa La Raza is out of date and out of touch with reality! He and his liberal lemmings on the city council are way past their shelf life! When are voters of LA city gonna wake up and UN Elect this corrupt nightmare lunatic? The middle class is almost extinct in LA or hasn’t he noticed past his illegal alien lover free give away mentality!

  5. Tyrone says:

    Some people just don’t know when to keep the mouth shut. what is amazing is that he did not insist on have a photo included with this article

  6. Jonas says:

    I echo all the previous comments concerning Tony V. All he cares about are taxpayer funded photo ops! Most Democrats are elitists who go around calling everyone else elitists but themselves!

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