Abel Maldonado interviewed on Colbert Report

April 30, 2010

Another first for the Central Coast — Abel Maldonado became the first local public figure to be interviewed by Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central’s popular TV show, “The Colbert Report.” [Los Angeles Times]

Maldonado flew to New York City for the taping, which aired Thursday night, two days after becoming California’s newest lieutenant governor.

Colbert interviewed Maldonado about Proposition 14, the call for an open primary system in California that the Santa Maria Republican has been championing.

“Why on earth would anyone want to run for public office in California, anyway?” Colbert asked at one point.

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Proposition 14 is not a good idea. There has been very little publicity about the fact that the three political scientists who have studied state legislatures and polarization agree that Prop. 14 would not make much difference. They are Boris Shor, Seth Masket, and Eric McGhee.

But what Prop. 14 would do is kill minor parties. When Washington state used a top-two system for the first time in 2008, for the first time since Washington became a state, there were no minor party or independent candidates on the November ballot for statewide state office or Congress. If you want a November ballot with nothing but Democrats and Republicans, Prop. 14 will do that for you.

Also, in the presidential primaries of 2008, all added up together, Hillary Clinton got a little over 17,000,000; Barack Obama got a little over 17,000,000, and John McCain got 9,800,000. The Republican Party field was more split up than the Democratic field. The Democratic race was basically a two-person race, but the Republican race was a 4-person race, with McCain, Romney, Huckabee, and Ron Paul. So if we used a top-two system for president, the general election would have been between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, with no one else on the November ballot for president, and no write-ins allowed.

Going to New York as a Lt. Governor trying to sell himself as the brain child of a California Proposition 14 to the entire nation to gaining national recognition:

There is an old adage that say “You can tell the child from his works”:

Although Proposition 14 is a good idea, I don’t believe a college drop out is independently capable of researching and packaging the whole package:

I do believe someone in his family or employ is capable of doing something like this:

The reason I believe the Senators on both sides of the party resent him is because they have gotten to know him:

Kissing butt to the President and the Governor:

Proposing redundant laws:

Years ago I went to his office on Johnson Street when he was an Assemblyman.

Secretary behaves eccentric and hands you a document to fill out for whatever your concerns are.

The staff is consumed doing research on the computer totally discerned (you being non-existence or unimportant) with you.

Last year I went to Assemblyman Blakeslee’s office on Palm Street in concern about the vague wording of a statutory law, his secretary and staff promptly gave attention and meaningful (intelligent) discussion on the issue.

Having appeared on National TV with a good California Proposition suggest “he may very well be the future President of the United States”. His family got the money and pons to back it!

With respect to the Hispanics being the original people in Arizona, California and Texas: NO! NO! NO!

The original indigenous people of Arizona, California and Texas were the Native American Indians, not the Hispanics until the Spanish came! The Native American Indians are the only ones who can legitimately gripe!

With respect to Sheriff I am currently between Tex, Adam and Lenthal.

True. Politicians are no longer people who used to be members of the community who served the public. Now they are “celebrities.”

Listening to Mark Adam in the 10-min window I had today when he was on Congleton, I decided I liked him. Adam works in the Sheriff’s Dept. and has ideas to reduce the flexible parts of the budget and stay connected to the employees. I don’t hear him being beholden to the rich and famous.

I like Mark Adams to. I also like Cortez and of course I like Tex. The thing about Tex is that he sounds almost too good to be true. I hate to be distrusting of those who are honest and well meaning so I haven’t counted him out. I do like Adams, I do like Tex, I do like Cortez.

“SO MANY MEN, SO LITTLE TIME… ” For those of you who don’t remember, that used to be such a fun liberal thing that “we” hippies wore on our T-Shirts. Just for the record, I never did sport such a slogan. But this is a true dilemma. What I do know is that I want the men and not the boy’s. NO IAN PARKINSON for sure.