LOS ANGELES: Noelia Rodriquez, press secretary for First Lady Laura
Bush, is the current favorite to be former LA Mayor Richard Riordan's
Riordan, expected to announce his candidacy for California governor in
early November, is on the prowl for someone to spearhead his
Rodriquez was Riordan's chief press aide during his eight-year tenure as
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
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.