Maldonado gets another chance at lieutenant governor confirmation
April 21, 2010
The nomination of state Senator Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) to be California’s next lieutenant governor is apparently back in play after an earlier rejection [San Francisco Chronicle]
The state Assembly, which voted to reject Maldonado last February, is scheduled to take up another vote this week. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger resubmitted the Santa Maria Republican’s name, asking for another consideration.
Maldonado is scheduled to appear before the Assembly Rules Committee Wednesday morning. A full vote could come as early as Thursday.
There has been speculation that Democrats opposed the nomination earlier mainly to avoid the governor calling for a special election–Republicans tend to do better in those races. Should Maldonado be confirmed this week, his replacement would now be chosen in the regular November election. State Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee is expected to be the Republican candidate in that race.