Politics surrounds Maldonado’s nomination
December 30, 2009
State Sen. Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria), the governor’s pick to be California’s next lieutenant governor, is seen as being a key player in the 2010 budget fight in Sacramento. [Capitol Weekly]
Key Democrats want to address the state’s $6 billion shortfall in the current budget year while Maldonado is still in the Senate, believing that his vote may be needed to pass any budget. Maldonado, who portrays himself as a centrist, has voted for state budgets in the past. Observers now wonder whether Democrats will expect Maldonado’s support on the budget in exchange for his confirmation as lieutenant governor.
The Legislature must act on Maldonado’s nomination by Feb. 22, or he will assume office automatically.