I am very happy to announce that Jarrod and I are engaged to be married! While in Boston to celebrate the Christmas holiday with his family he asked and I said YES!!! Below, a snap shot taken right after the proposal at Boston’s Old North Church.
A special thank you to Carla Marinucci of the San Francisco Chronicle for making our day with her article - “Love on the campaign trail?! Top GOP communications gurus make it official” There are few people that have read every detail of their engagement in a major news paper only a few hours after it happens!!
Love on the campaign trail?! Top GOP communications gurus make it official
We’re happy to report that 2011 — a combative, partisan, ugly political year in a lot of ways — comes to a close on a cheery, upbeat note at last, with the news that two top GOP communications strategists who met and worked together on the campaign battlefield have found love.
Jarrod Agen, who was campaign manager for former State Insurance Comissioner Steve Poizner’s 2010 gubernatorial primary drive, popped the question today to the lovely Bettina Inclan, another key insider and strategist for the Poizner campaign. Wedding date hasn’t yet been set, but no question: GOP power couple on the move.
Sources tell us that there was no spin involved at all: Inclan said yes.
And the future is bright for both: Inclan, with her Mexican-Cuban roots, is about to launch a bilingual radio talk show — and is being wooed for a major gig on GOP Hispanic voter outreach.
Agen, a veteran GOP was a former spokesman for presidential candidate Rudy Guiliani and communications director Nevada Tea Party darling/ U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle in addition to his work in the same key role on the Poizner campaign.
Since then, we hear from insiders, ”he has been pursued, in some cases begged for, by just about every major GOP POTUS candidate to run their national (communication) shops.”
But Agen is sticking with Poizner, as director of corporate communications for ECI, the new Los Gatos-based online education firm.
Founded by Poizer, Hollywood producer and Foundation CEO Sherry Lansing, the talent powerhouse Creative Artists Agency, and the UCLA Extension. The Encore Career Institute aims to bring Silicon Valley’s tech-saavy and UCLA’s academic reputation to a whole new offering of online education for adults looking to make new career moves or update their skills in the workplace, Poizner told us earlier this year.
The details of the engagement, we hear: Agen proposed at Boston’s iconic Old North Church, where the GOP spinmeister told her “this is where America started, so there’s no better place for our marriage to start.” (Nice!) That was followed by dinner in Boston’s North End (good choice), then a quiet night at the Omni Parker Hotel, where we know that JFK was engaged to Jackie O.
Pal and fellow GOP strategist Robert Molnar reports the news has fired up lots of folks who have watched the romance bloom. “Jarrod and Bettina have always stood about the rest as the most talented, respected, and well-liked pair of communications strategists in the GOP,” he said. ” They’re two great people and great friends. I wish them all the best in their campaign of marriage!”
Likewise! We’re happy to close out 2011 with their good news. Mazel tov, felicidades, and best wishes to two of the greats in the business as they embark on the ultimate adventure bus tour. Who needs Rick Perry, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney when they have this?
Thanks to our friends and family for making this day possible!