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Column: Kevin de León is on an apology tour. When will he realize it’s a farewell tour?

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For what seemed like the 100th time in about 20 minutes, Kevin de León was speechless, his jaw slack, his eyes as wide and blank as a deer caught in headlights.

Tavis Smiley, the host and founder of KBLA Talk 1580 AM, had just asked the embattled Los Angeles City Council member the only question that matters: How did De León possibly think he could continue to serve in elected office?

How when so many Angelenos now see the former activist as a “hypocrite” for participating in a racist, secretly recorded conversation with two other Latino council members and a labor leader? On Thursday, five of his own Eastside constituents filed paperwork to recall him.

“Because,” De León said finally and unconvincingly, “I know what’s in my heart. I know what my values are. I know what my principles are.”

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