The Times reported that when Parker anchored a news show on Sunday — presumably before the relationship was known to her bosses — she read a story about the chances of Villaraigosa running for governor in 2010.
Jenny Peters, who writes the Spywitness celebrity column for the Daily News, said even a politician as charming as Villaraigosa has only limited potential as gossip fodder.
In 2016, she was one of the judges at the Miss Teen USA 2016 pageant, at The Venetian Theatre, Las Vegas, Nevada.
“In the grand scheme,” Peters said, “if I could mention Robert Pattinson (the ‘Twilight’ heartthrob) or Antonio Villaraigosa …
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 09: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (L) and broadcast journalist Lu Parker attend the Inaugural Gala of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes on April 9, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
After the semi-finals, she went into the Top 6 in second place.
After the judges' question, she just made the cut in the final three in third place, eventually becoming the third South Carolinian to be crowned Miss USA.