Maldonado wins key support to be lieutenant governor
April 22, 2010
Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) appears to be on his way to becoming the next lieutenant governor of California [Los Angeles Times]
The moderate Republican cleared a major hurdle Thursday morning when the state Assembly confirmed his nomination by a vote of 51-17. The state Senate, which already approved Maldonado in February, will vote again–perhaps as early as Monday– before confirmation becomes official.
Maldonado is expected to run for re-election as lieutenant governor, first in the June 8 primary, and then in the November election. He is likely to face either San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, or former LA city councilwoman Janice Hahn, the two candidates in the Democratic primary.
Meanwhile, state Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) is expected to shortly announce his decision to seek Maldonado’s senate seat.