Abel says he’s able to beat Brown
October 7, 2013
Abel Maldonado thinks he is the answer to Republicans’ dreams of taking over the statehouse next year, and he spent last weekend articulating that belief at the California GOP biannual convention in Orange County. (Sacramento Bee)
The Santa Maria politician has lost two straight elections, one for Congress and the other to retain his appointed position of lieutenant governor in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration.
On Friday he told reporters, “My campaign has never been in better shape than it is today” but acknowledged that his proposed race “is an uphill battle.”
He announced the formation of a new campaign team to compete in a political scrap that even most Republicans already have ceded to Gov. Jerry Brown.
And Maldonado admitted “it’s tough to raise money right now.”
Meanwhile, Brown — who has yet to announce his reelection intentions — has more than $10 million in his campaign coffers.