Are California’s politicians hot?

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, upper left; Attorney General Kamala Harris, upper right; Rancho Mirage Mayor Scott Hines, lower right; and La Quinta City Councilwoman Linda Evans. (Desert Sun and AP file photos)

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, upper left; Attorney General Kamala Harris, upper right; Rancho Mirage Mayor Scott Hines, lower right; and La Quinta City Councilwoman Linda Evans. (Desert Sun and AP file photos)

Politicians aren’t known for being good looking people. In fact, their lack of sexiness inspired the cliche, “Politics is show business for ugly people.”

Here in California we know a few things about show business and politics. In fact, Hollywood launched the careers of two former governors, Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Must politicians in the home state of Marilyn Monroe, Botox, beach volleyball and “Baywatch” compete with each other on policy and looks? We don’t know, but the nation’s most prominent politician has noticed the beauty of our top prosecutor.

At a fundraiser in Atherton on Thursday, President Obama complimented Attorney General Kamala Harris on her looks.

“She happens to be, by far, the best-looking attorney general in the country,” he said of Harris. The crowd laughed, and the president added, “It’s true. C’mon.”

The remark didn’t go unnoticed. In Friday’s Los Angeles Times,  Robin Abcarian writes, “California, quite simply, has freakishly good-looking elected officials.” She then asks if the president’s remark was sexist.

Whether his comment was appropriate or not, both Obama and Abcarian are right about some of California’s politicians. Harris is beautiful. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is a very handsome man.

All of today’s brouhaha over the looks of politicians could make many Coachella Valley residents consider the hotness of our local elected officials. And, as it turns out, the valley has its share of good looking politicians.

Rancho Mirage Mayor Scott Hines is rather, ahem, handsome, and La Quinta City Council member Linda Evans is a beautiful woman.

Gossiping about who is hot and who is not can be fun, but there is a point to this game. There is a lot more to Harris than her looks. She is smart, which Obama also praised her for yesterday.

In today’s media driven world, too many young girls get the impression they can’t be beautiful, sexy and smart. Harris proves they can. While the president should have been more discreet, his slip in manners did draw attention to a woman who serves as a good role model for California’s young women and girls.