LOS ANGELES: California gubernatorial candidate Richard Riordan
last week announced three additions to his communications team,
including Margita Thompson - currently press secretary to Lynn Cheney -
as communications director.
Thompson's appointment demonstrates the liberal GOP candidate's
commitment to pursuing the Hispanic vote (a key segment in any
California race) since Thompson is Hispanic, and has been involved in
past efforts to reach out to California's ethnic voters on behalf of the
The appointment also signals continued support from the White House for
Riordan's bid in the politically important state.
Thompson has aided both Bush presidents, working on the Bush-Quayle
election effort, and heading up the California communications office
during the Bush-Cheney run.
Carolina Guevara, who was press secretary for Riordan's exploratory
committee, will be deputy communications director, and will travel with
Riordan throughout the campaign.
Riordan also named Kim Serafin as press secretary. Serafin has worked
for former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani, and for Riordan as deputy press
secretary. Recently, she has been acting as spokesperson for The Twin