Two of Politico's bigger names are relocating to Los Angeles from the East Coast. It sounds less strategic and more about personal situations, and one of them could have been predicted. Senior writer Todd Purdum will move back to LA with his wife, Dee Dee Myers, the former White House press secretary previously reported to be taking the top communications job at Warner Bros. Purdum used to be the New York Times bureau chief here. He told New York Magazine he will continue to write for Politico and Vanity Fair from LA.
Also heading west is media writer Dylan Byers. He's coming in June with his fiancee. "I'll continue to cover politics and media in Washington, New York, and around the country — but I love California and can't wait to get out there," he told New York. A memo circulated at Politico tells the rest of the staff that these two moves are isolated and not part of an westward expansion of the site — "...should in no way be seen as the second data point in a larger trend." Politico won't even be opening an office for now.