Capitol Weekly’s Top 100: Dee Dee Myers

Dee Dee Myers

7. Dee Dee Myers

The governor’s senior advisers may wear several hats, and Dee Dee Myers is no exception. Myers has political chops, but she also directs the governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, or “Go-Biz” (catchy, eh?). Essentially, she’s a vigorous booster for California’s economic prowess – which actually exists, despite myriad woes that include homelessness and inflation – under the rubric “California Roars Back,” and business folk we’ve chatted with think she’s doing good work. Her value to Newsom, which presumably includes beating back raids by Florida and Texas vultures, goes far beyond “Go-Biz,” however. Myers has excellent Democratic contacts in D.C., and as Gov. Newsom is viewed as a potential presidential contender in 2024, Myers will be useful indeed if Potomac Fever strikes her boss. She was a spokesperson for Michael Dukakis and Dianne Feinstein, and she spent two years as Bill Clinton’s press secretary. She spent seven years as head of communications for Warner Bros. and helped with scripts for The West Wing. Myers’ husband, Todd Purdum, is a former staff writer at The Atlantic;
they have two children.

Updated August 9, 2022

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