Maldonado struggling in lieutenant governor race
August 4, 2010
New financial reports indicate that Abel Maldonado’s campaign for California lieutenant governor is tens of thousands of dollars in debt, while the Republican still struggles to make himself known to voters. [Mercury News]
A Field Poll from July shows Maldonado trailing his opponent, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, by nine points. The same poll found that just 37 percent of California voters had formed an opinion of the former Central Coast state senator.
“I’m clearly the underdog,” Maldonado said Tuesday. “I’m running against the mayor of San Francisco.”
In the first six months of 2010, Maldonado raised $616,000, but spending left the campaign $171,000 in debt, according to his financial report. Newsom, meanwhile, raised nearly $1.4 million over the same time period and still had nearly a half million dollars in the bank.
The office of lieutenant governor, while largely ceremonial, includes filling in for the governor when he’s away and sitting on a number of state boards.