Sep 142010

Steven Greenhut of the OC Register writes that a local Tea Party activist wants to mount a statewide Write-In campaign to help elect Gavin Newsome by syphoning votes off of Abel Maldonado.

Why? Abel refused to stand up for Prop 8. I thought the Tea Party was all about fiscal and not social issues?

Is this a publicity stunt or is this real?

Steven Greenhut: It’s more than a rumor ­ California conservatives are actively recruiting a write-in candidate for lieutenant governor in response to Abel Maldonado’s refusal yesterday to sign onto the state’s appeal of the ruling overturning anti-gay-marriage Prop. 8. No one expects this conservative to have a shot at winning, but this possible candidacy is viewed as a means to bring up conservative ideas in a campaign between a liberal Republican and a liberal Democrat. For many activists we talked to, Maldonado’s refusal to file an appeal while he was acting governor (and was busy signing other laws as Schwarzenegger was out of the country) was the last straw in a career of tax hikes and government expansions. If the candidacy costs Lt. Gov. Maldonado the election, well there aren’t many conservatives who will be upset about that. One possible candidate is Karen England, executive director of the conservative Capitol Resource Institute and a long-time activist. Stay tuned.

Where was all this activism when Sam Aanestad was on the ballot against Abel?

Now Maldo is the nominee and anything other than voting for him is putting Gavin Newsome in that office. (Which may be Karen England’s goal – or again it could be a publicity stunt)

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  2 Responses to “Tea Party Rises Up Against Abel Maldonado?”

  1. I want Prop 8 defended in court as much as the next conservative, but I actually think Maldonado was right on this one. He was acting governor for a limited period of time. That’s it. He has no right to abuse a position that the governor fought to obtain for him by obligating the governor’s office into a long-term committment (i.e. a lengthy and expensive court case) that the governor doesn’t support. The creeps in this whole scenario are the governor and AG, who aren’t defending the will of the people, AS THEY WERE ELECTED TO DO, not the Lt. Governor, who chose not to exploit an accident of the Governor’s travel schedule.

  2. We all remember how Maldonado sold out the tax payers in the budget fiasco. If its between Newsom and Maldonado, at least Newsom doesn’t hide the fact that he’s a liberal.

    Editor’s Note – Newsome is a Communist.

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