Will Abel Maldonado run for governor?
January 16, 2014
(BULLETIN, today, noon) Abel Maldonado said he is dropping out of the race for governor.
Original story – Former lieutenant governor Abel Maldonado is expected to formally announce his bid for the governor’s seat at a press conference at 11 a.m. at the Santa Maria City Hall.
In April, Maldonado filed papers that permitted him to raise money for a challenge against Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, though he did not officially join the race at that time.
Brown is up for reelection in 2014,
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.