The man who controls Maldonado’s future
March 4, 2010
Whether or not Abel Maldonado becomes the next lieutenant governor of California seems to be in the hands of new state Assembly speaker John Perez, a man who already voted once against Maldonado’s confirmation. [Capitol Weekly]
In an interview published Wednesday, Perez said he had spoken to the Santa Maria Republican several times and can “see a pathway” to his confirmation.
“The ball is in his court, as he still needs to get those votes,” Perez said. “I’ve given him some advice as to how I think he can get there.”
Maldonado himself has stated that Perez is the key to his confirmation.
One theory posits that Democrats are trying to delay confirmation until mid-April, to avoid letting Gov. Schwarzengger call a special election to fill Maldonado’s state Senate seat. The delay would push back any voting to November, where Democrats tend to run stronger than in special elections.