LA mayor may tap Rodriquez to lead gubernatorial run

LOS ANGELES: Noelia Rodriquez, press secretary for First Lady Laura

Bush, is the current favorite to be former LA Mayor Richard Riordan's

campaign manager.



Riordan, expected to announce his candidacy for California governor in

early November, is on the prowl for someone to spearhead his

campaign.



Rodriquez was Riordan's chief press aide during his eight-year tenure as

LA mayor.



GOP campaign consultant Dan Schnur vacated the post last week, telling

the LA Times of "slight differences" in how he and Riordan saw the

election effort progressing.



Sources familiar with the Riordan effort say that it is unlikely that

Rodriquez would leave her current post in light of the September 11

attacks.



However, insiders also say there are scenarios that could lure her to

California. For instance, since the White House so strongly supports

Riordan, it is possible Rodriquez could take a leave of absence during

his campaign, then return to the President's staff.



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