While his father was a legendary Sonoma County parks director, Joe Rodota Jr. followed a different professional “trail.”
A graduate of Montgomery High School and Stanford University, the younger Rodota forged a highly successful career in politics. Following a stint in the 1980s as deputy director of public affairs for President Ronald Reagan, Rodota spent seven years as cabinet secretary, then deputy chief of staff, for California Gov. Pete Wilson.
Renowned as a pioneer in the dark arts of opposition research, Rodota has long been drawn to other arts, as well.
The 60-year-old recently released his play, “The Jeane Dixon Effect,” in an audio format. This hourlong, one-woman show, recorded in Santa Rosa and available on Apple podcasts, is based on the life of psychic Jeane Dixon, who lodged herself in Rodota’s consciousness while he worked on his 2018 book, “The Watergate: Washington’s Most Infamous Address.”
In the course of that…