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Dating Lu Parker won't impact possible run for governor, Villaraigosa says

June 10, 2009 |  7:01 am

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says his relationship with KTLA News anchor/reporter Lu Parker isn't likely to play a role in whether he runs for governor.

Villaraigosa continues to field questions about the relationship two weeks after it was revealed. The mayor is considering a run for governor in 2010 and told reporters in Sacramento on Tuesday that his dating life should not be an issue.

 "I don't think it's going to have any impact whatsoever," he said.

Villaraigosa has been separated from his wife for some time. When his relationship with Parker first emerged, he told reporters he had a right to a personal life as well as some level of privacy. In 2007, it was revealed that the mayor was having a relationship with another newscaster, Mirthala Salinas.

Dating Parker has been less controversial, but one political observer says it still carries some risks.

"It reminds people of naughty behavior, if you like," said Shawn Rosenberg, a professor of political science and psychology at UC Irvine, told The Times' Cathleen Decker last week.  "It would have less of an impact if it didn't remind of other things."

-- Shelby Grad