Maldonado considering run for governor
March 4, 2013
Former California Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado said Sunday he is seriously considering a 2014 run for governor against Democratic incumbent Jerry Brown. [SanFranciscoChronicle]
Maldonado told the Chronicle he could “bring a different face” and a new Republican message to California and that he is strongly mulling the run against the three term Democrat not only to strengthen the party, but also to encourage the kind of vibrant two-party political debate that makes for “a better state.”
“I’ve been encouraged publicly, and privately to offer a challenge to Brown as the California Republican Party is in such dire straits that it appears the Democrat could easily sail to a fourth term without serious opposition,” Maldonado said to the Chronicle. “At this point in time, I’m seriously thinking about it. I think I need to decide sooner rather than later.”
During a three-day GOP statewide confab in Sacramento, Republicans discussed Maldonado’s possible candidacy as a path to help the GOP rebound from historically low voter registration and a minority status in the state legislature.
Critics note that Maldonado has lost his last three races. In 2010 he lost his bid for Lt. Governor to Democrat Gavin Newsom. Then in 2012, he made an unsuccessful House bid against Democrat Lois Capps
During the election, Capps attacked Maldonado repeatedly over his personal and family tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.
Maldonado told the Chronicle his party must aggressively offer “a new message” in California and he rejects the idea that a battle against the popular Democratic governor would be a “suicide mission.”
“When I was picking strawberries, and I had strawberry stains on my pants and no (water) cooler in the fields, people said, “that guy’s on suicide mission,” Maldonado said to the Chronicle. “Those are the prices you have to pay to achieve what you want to achieve.
“Hard work? I’m not afraid of that.”