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Published on Sep 5, 2012
It should have been a high moment in Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's political career: chairing the Democratic National Convention. Instead, he was greeted with boos.
Villaraigosa had the unenviable task on Wednesday evening of pushing through a party platform plank that US President Barack Obama was said to have personally intervened to include: Stating that Jerusalem is Israel's undivided capital.
Despite loud opposition following each of three voice votes, Villaraigosa approved the plank, which is unpopular internationally and among the party's liberal wing, but which some Democratic leaders may see as necessary to win support from Jewish voters and donors.