Abel Maldonado vying for the governor’s seat
April 5, 2013
Former lieutenant governor Abel Maldonado filed papers Thursday to explore a run for governor. [LATimes]
By filing papers, Maldonado, who hasn’t officially said he is joining the race, can begin to raise money for a challenge against Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown is up for reelection in 2014.
“It’s time for a new direction. We need a new way,” said Maldonado to the LA Times. “Some will resist the change, and to those, I say you will like irrelevance even less. I think it’s time that we move forward with some bold ideas, bold solutions and I believe we can do better as Californians.”
Maldonado has hired nationally known GOP strategists John Weaver and Vincent Harris to lead his campaign efforts.
Critics note that Maldonado, a Republican from Santa Maria, has lost his last two 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
“This is a candidate who couldn’t get elected to Congress in his home district less than five months ago,” said Tenoch Flores, spokesman for the California Democratic Party, to the LA Times.