[mobile site, backup mobile]
[SoapBlox Help]
Menu & About Calitics

Make a New Account

Username:

Password:



Forget your username or password?

- About Calitics
- The Rules (Legal Stuff)
- Event Calendar
- Calitics' ActBlue Page
- Calitics RSS Feed
- Additional Advertisers


View All Calitics Tags Or Search with Google:
 
Web Calitics

Abel Maldonado Considering Governor's Race?

by: Brian Leubitz

Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:02:13 AM PST


abel maldonado photo: Abel Maldonado Abel-Maldonado.jpgLooks to take on popular governor

by Brian Leubitz

Abel Maldonado has had a rough go over the last few years. After getting appointed to Lt. Gov., he lost to Gavin Newsom for that job, and then lost to Lois Capps for a newly drawn Congressional seat.

Yet, he still represents something different for Republicans, which keeps people intrigued. He is a Latino and offers diversity that is otherwise absent from the GOP. But perhaps more than that, he has shown a flair for the dramatic moderate. Working with his fellow dramatic moderate, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, he swooped in several times to push the budget process forward. And so despite the recent losses, he gets plenty of coverage and attention.

All that makes him an intriguing candidate for the 2014 governor's race.  What makes it more interesting for Maldonado is that he wouldn't have to make it through a Republican primary, a hurdle that might just be too high for a perceived moderate. The top-2 system would take care of that. Cue the whispers:

Saying he could "bring a different face" and a new Republican message to California, Maldonado told the Chronicle in an interview that he is strongly mulling the run against three term Democrat not only to strengthen the party, but also to encourage the kind of vibrant two-party political debate that makes for "a better state."

"I've been encouraged publicly, and privately," he said, to offer a challenge to Brown as the California Republican Party is in such dire straits that it appears the Democrat could easily sail to a fourth term without serious opposition.

"At this point in time, I'm seriously thinking about it," Maldonado said. "I think I need to decide sooner rather than later." (Carla Marinucci/SFGate)

Brown has one of the top two spots locked down, unless something seriously bizarre happens between now and next summer. The race for the second spot right now seems to be some third party candidates and Tim Donnelly, the minuteman leader and GOP Assemblyman who was recently cited for bringing a gun to an airport. In other words, the quest to the second spot is still wide open. Donnelly would surely draw some votes from the nativist set, but he really couldn't win a statewide election.
Brown, however, is quite popular after the success of Prop 30 and its temporary moratorium on the budget crisis. Maldonado carries a lot of baggage into any race at this point, but given the current field, he might just be the GOP's strongest candidate.

Brian Leubitz :: Abel Maldonado Considering Governor's Race?
Tags: , , (All Tags)
Print Friendly View Send As Email

Ha, ha. Ha, ha, ha. (8.00 / 1)
Oh! It wasn't a joke?

Bring it on! (0.00 / 0)
Repubs lose in CA this time, they'll be finished and the CRP will start fighting with themselves, just like on the national level...

Brown will wipe the floor with a Repub...


Performance over registration (0.00 / 0)
Really good candidates perform considerably better than registration.  But for a Republican to win a statewide race, they need to perform 20 points higher than registration.  Is Maldonado such a candidate?  No.  Do the Republicans have such a candidate?  No.

I made a new year resolution not to waste bandwidth on them this year.  They got nothing.


REALLY ?? (4.00 / 1)
Maldanado coyldn't beat 'empty suit' Gavin Newsome
for Lt. Governor during the last statewide election

How would he baat a real candidate ??


Top 2, of course, being Maldonado's baby (0.00 / 0)
His price for those budget votes was putting top 2 on the ballot, no?

Yeah, it is correct (4.00 / 1)
But, even with top 2, I'm not sure the results would be markedly different one way or the other. I think he would beat Donnelly in a GOP primary, but it would just take a few more resources, and force him to shift to the right. And then he's back up against Brown (but with 3rd party candidates too).

Either way, he's up against long odds.

I think?


[ Parent ]
Calitics in the Media
Archives & Bookings
The Calitics Radio Show
Calitics Premium Ads


Support Calitics:

Advertisers


Referrals
Technorati
Google Blogsearch

Daily Email Summary


Powered by: SoapBlox