Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa won't have a featured role at next week's Democratic National Convention in Denver, the political pep rally that can be a springboard for the party's brightest stars.
Villaraigosa was a national co-chair for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential bid. When she bowed out, the mayor was quick to toss his support behind presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama -- and was even tapped to introduce the Illinois senator at a convention of Latino leaders in July.
But as of Monday, Villaraigosa wasn't among the big-name Latino politicians scheduled to speak at the convention. The lineup consisted of former Denver Mayor Federico Pena, Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.
Villaraigosa's biggest moment of the week could come when he speaks to the California delegation at a breakfast Thursday, along with San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.