Feb 172010

There is so much on Abel Maldonado that it is hard to pick a starting point. He introduced himself to the 2010 Lt. Gov campaign with a choice swipe at Republican Activists.

I was watching the confirmation hearings on the California Channel with my brother (who is Sam Aanestad’s Campaign Manager) – I could hardly believe my ears when Jose Solorio ripped in to Maldonado on the Floor of the Assembly lambasting him for having a price for voting on the budget.

For some strange reason, the Assembly Republicans voted as a block to promote Maldo to Lt. Governor. Maybe their strategists and consultants have some sort of master plan, as the excuse du jour is, “we need to get him out of here.”

Principle be dammed – even worse, the Tea Party folks are watching. This Central Committee Member and activist is mad as hell.

Patrick Dorinson – Maldo’s Campaign manager welcomed Abel Maldonado in to the race by attacking Republican activists all over the state:

“I’m tired of seeing the Orange County and Placer County axis try to run the Republican Party in this state,” says GOP consultant Patrick Dorinson. “They should be happy to get a Latino Republican in that job.”

Liberal SOP: If you have a flawed candidate – PLAY THE RACE CARD!

Problem – Maldonado’s laundry list is so astounding that people will forget, and I mean easily forget anything but what the man has done to us in California.

It makes Jose Solorio’s Comments even more timely – he compared what Maldonado’s vote meant versus Anthony Adams, Roger Niello and Roy Ashburn – all of whom he mentioned by name and thanked for voting for the budget without a price tag.

P.S. Please join this blogger and call your Assemblymember and tell them to VOTE NO on the confirmation of Abel Maldonado.

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Direct from Senator Sam Aanestad – in Wake of Abel Maldonado’s Confirmation Failing

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Feb 112010

Sam Aanestad called this blogger with some exclusive quotes:

“I am looking forward to a robust campaign for the Republican nomination for Lt. Governor”, started Aanestad,  “I know Abel must be disappointed, but there is a process called an election by the voters…”

These comments are especially timely as it appears that the Governor is preparing a lawsuit to try and have the courts confirm Maldonado in lieu of the Assembly.

It should be noted that all Assembly Republicans that voted, voted  in FAVOR of Maldonado’s confirmation. Apparently the Republican leadership is deaf to the screams of beleaguered taxpayers.

Please also note that Chuck DeVore did not vote.

Feb 102010

Below I have posted the text of a letter being sent to every Republican member of the state legislature by the California Republican Assembly regarding the impending confirmation vote on Abel Maldonado to be the next Lt. Governor.

Rumors swirling in the capitol basically state that if Maldonado is confirmed, it means that Democrat polling numbers show Blakeslee losing to his Democrat opponent. If the Democrats suddenly resist confirming Maldnoado – then it means their polling numbers show Blakeslee winning – it is that simple, pure political calculus. We shall see if this actually plays out.

The CRA, however is opposed to Abel Maldonado for anything at anytime as he has demonstrated a self-serving ability to throw the state under the bus to favor himself.

February 9, 2010
Re:    Opposition to the Confirmation of Senator Maldonado
Dear Assemblyman/Senator So-and-so:

The California Republican Assembly is strongly OPPOSED to the confirmation of Senator Abel Maldonado for the position of Lieutenant Governor of California.  On behalf of the California Republican Assembly, the California Republican Party, and all the citizens of California, we urge you to reject this appointee and all that he stands for.  It would be far better to allow the office to remain vacant than to fill it with a person like Abel Maldonado.

Senator Maldonado’s failures as a legislator and politician are too numerous to mention, but CRA members are particularly upset that he joined with the Democrats and became the key vote to pass the largest tax increase in the history of our state, in the middle of the worst recession in a generation.  He has contributed to unemployment in California by fighting to increase the state’s minimum wage.  He has supported budgets that increased welfare benefits to unsustainable levels.  He has supported irresponsible borrowing that is now threatening to make our state insolvent.  He has gone to great lengths to attack the Republican Party and he famously authored Proposition 14 (the “Top Two” primary that we call the “Closed General Election,” because it would leave most voters with two candidates from the same party as their only choice in general elections).

Senator Maldonado has had such a poor voting record from a Republican perspective that he scored only 22% on the most recent California Republican Assembly Legislative Scorecard.

This year, the leaders of the California Republican Assembly have determined that the confirmation votes for and against Senator Maldonado will be a major factor on the 2010 Scorecard.  We believe that Republican voters have a right to know where their representatives stand on an issue of this magnitude.

Please join with us in opposing the confirmation of Senator Maldonado.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the California Republican Assembly,

Tom Hudson
Scorecard Committee Chairman
California Republican Assembly

It will be interesting to see what happens – will the hard left join with the Mainstream Republicans in opposing Maldonado’s confirmation? If you listened to Gilbert Cedillo on the Senate Rules Committee – he said he voted for Abel out of Comity…

Abel is not an Assemblymember, so it is a different world over there.

No Honor Amongst Theives – Dems Gird to Lynch Abel Maldonado in the Assembly

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Feb 072010

I guess a 22% score for Maldo is too high? Or is this a case of there being no honor amongst thieves?

You’d think with Maldo providing pivotal votes to ban .50cal weapons, funding welfare programs, open borders and of course voting for massive tax increases – (including the largest tax increase in state history) that he’d get a little love?

I guess not – in a press release, leading with the Latino left of the Democrat Party – Pedro Nava (a disciple of Hugo Chavez) announced a press conference about how he and his bandoleros are going to lead the charge against Maldo.

Now to those that think working with liberals and compromising with them is the way to go – take a look at just how far it got Maldo. It seems the left knows that he is unprincipled and untrustworthy.

Where: Willie Brown Conference Room, State Capitol, Room 317
Who:  Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara) Chair, Assembly Banking & Finance Committee
Assemblymember Tony Mendoza (D-Norwalk) member, Assembly Rules Committee
Assemblymember Jose Solorio (D-Anaheim) Chair, Assembly Insurance Committee
Other Members to Attend

Assemblymember Nava said, “Much has been made of Senator Maldonado’s congenial personality, his friendly demeanor, and his one vote to increase the minimum wage, but we believe that he has been, and is out of step on issues of great significance to most Californians. He has voted against farmworkers, health care, civil rights, worker protections, women, consumers, seniors, and the environment. With a record like that we feel that he should not be confirmed by the Assembly.”

Senator Maldonado was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger late last year to fill a vacancy created by the election of former Lieutenant Governor, John Garamendi, to Congress.  Mr. Maldonado must be confirmed by both houses of the Legislature in order to finish out the remaining months of the former Lieutenant Governor’s term.

Looks like the SF Chron is tracking this, too – they are putting Maldo’s chances as less than average as well.