Education

Corrupt former mayor right at home teaching at Harvard

Antonio Villaraigosa, a former mayor of Los Angeles who racked up countless ethics violations and used taxpayers money to refurbish his yacht, will lecture at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government  in the fall.

Villaraigosa will temporarily join Harvard as a visiting fellow, giving several lectures a day on on a highly compacted schedule, according to Campus Reform.

“Visiting fellows traditionally meet with student groups; lead discussion groups on topical issues and their experiences in public and political service; and participate in public policy classes,” according to a statement on Villaraigosa’s appointment in the Harvard Gazette.

The fellowship program is part of John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics, a forum for politicians and activists to engage with students and inspire them in ethical and non-partisan fashion to pursue careers in public service, according to Harvard.

Villaraigosa left office earlier this year upon completion of his second term. As mayor, he was the subject of numerous ethics investigations, and was forced to pay back $42,000 in sports and concert tickets that he accepted as gifts. He was also accused of nepotism, campaign finance violations and spending taxpayer money to fix up his yacht.

His wife divorced him in 2007, following revelations that he had an affair with a television reporter for a Spanish-language station.

IOP was founded in 1966 as a tribute to the memory of President Kennedy — whose scandalous personal life was for years a well-kept secret.

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