Not only are Democrats opposing the nomination of Republican Senator Abel Maldonado as the new lieutenant governor — members of his own party aren’t happy about it either. According to the Chron, at least three GOP hopefuls also are eyeing the lieutenant governor’s position in next year’s election and don’t want Maldonado to be able to run as an incumbent. Plus, conservatives aren’t happy with Maldonado’s record as a moderate, particularly his decision earlier this year to break ranks and join the Democrats in a budget compromise.
Democrat leaders also have expressed opposition to Governor Schwarzenegger’s choice to replace John Garamendi after he became the East Bay’s newest congressman. Officially, Dems say it will cost too much money to hold a special election to replace Maldonado in the Senate. In reality, however, they don’t want Maldonado to have the advantage of running as an incumbent either.