Horseshoe Appointments Bring Good Luck

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Nov. 14, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

With his swearing-in just around the corner on the 17th, Governor-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger is making key appointments to his staff. Of priority are announcements to fill positions in the "Horseshoe" (named for the diagram of the Governor's Office in the Capitol). These positions do not require Senate confirmation. Out of the eleven key positions filled thus far, nine are Republican.

Last Friday, Richard Costigan was appointed legislative secretary, the governor's primary negotiator with the legislature. A friend to the business community, Costigan was most recently chief lobbyist for the California Chamber of Commerce. He has substantial legislative experience serving as principal consultant to the appropriations and budget committees and chief of staff for two assembly republican leaders. His chief deputy legislative secretary will be Cynthia Bryant, currently lead policy adviser to the Senate Republican Caucus.

In the highest appointment made thus far, Patricia Clary was named chief of staff. As top aide to the governor, she will play a crucial role in setting the tone inside the administration and building a relationship between the new administration and members of the state legislature. Clary worked for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. Bush before moving west to become Governor Pete Wilson's deputy chief of staff. She directed federal, state and local government affairs as Vice President of Health Net, Inc.

Also appointed was Marybel Batjer as cabinet secretary. She is a former aide to both President George H. Bush and Governor Wilson and chief of staff to Nevada Governor Quinn. The cabinet secretary liaisons between the governor and his agency/department heads.

Peter Siggins was named legal secretary. This position advises the governor on lawsuits filed against the state on issues like Indian gaming compacts and on the legality of proposed legislation and regulations. Siggins was a senior deputy to Attorney General's Dan Lungren and Bill Lockyer.

The communications director position was given to Rob Stutzman, Schwarzenegger's campaign spokesman. His job will be to shape the governor's message and his tactics for dealing with the media. Stutzman was press secretary for Senate Republican Leader Rob Hurtt and Attorney General Lungren. Margita Thompson was named press secretary. Lastly, Schwarzenegger's senior advisor will be Bonnie Reiss.

CMTA looks forward to working with the Governor and his staff.
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