KTLA-TV Channel 5 anchor/reporter Lu Parker and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Well, it is Deja Vu all over again – now with Lu Parker and said Los Angeles Mayor Villar (except this time he is single).
Over the weekend, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was spotted perusing the merchandise in a Larchmont bookstore with a local television reporter who is also a former Miss USA.
Earlier today, NBC Channel 4â€™s L.A. news website posted a story about the sighting, including a snapshot of the two together inside Chevalierâ€™s bookstore with the mayor casually dressed, wearing shades and having a laugh. The woman, Lu Parker of KTLA Channel 5, is a general assignment news reporter and weekend anchor for the station.
And that made it newsworthy, given that the mayorâ€™s prior relationship with a different TV reporter coincided with the widely publicized breakup of his marriage.
â€œWitnesses say they did not hold hands or kiss, but appeared very chummy,â€ the NBC Channel 4 story said. â€œParker was seen touching the mayorâ€™s chest and stomach while they spoke. She was also seen looking at a book about Kenya and overheard saying to Villaraigosa, â€˜We should buy it for our trip.â€™ “
And, Parker has already told her bosses at KTLA that she and the Mayor are dating.
Flap wonders if the Mayor’s new squeeze is the reason he seems disinterested in the 2010 California Governor’s race and recently passed on the California Democratic Party Convention, where he was conspicuous by his absence.
Mayor Villar appears to be busy.
Watch Lu Parker interview the Mayor on election night in November here.
Good luck Tony, you will probably need it, knowing your track record.