Dear Readers: The California Lt. Governor’s race this November has become an epic cluster-fark. Using the pre-Tea Party playbook rules,the California GOP has hand-picked Abel Maldonado (the current Lt. Governor) for the ballot spot. Maldonado was one of three California GOP Senators who caved — in fact, he was the hold-out vote — on a budget deal that resulted in the highest state tax increases in the history of the nation. In his ads to continue on in the Lt. Governor role, he touts past recommendations from America for Tax Reform (ATR). Norquist’s organization now has a slightly different opinion about the erstwhile candidate:
“Politicians like Abel Maldonado are the reason why the CA legislature’s approval rating is at its lowest point in history,” said Patrick Gleason, ATR’s Director of State Affairs.
“We have nothing good to say about the guy,” he continued. In fact, Gleason said, “We consider him the reason why the largest tax increase in U.S. history was imposed on Californians last year.”
Here was my quandary, which has been resolved during the preparation of this post: Do I gamble and write in a vote for the much more Tea Party friendly England — risk a win by the always loathsome Gavin “Whether You Like It or Not” Newsom (the detestable Democratic tool). Or, do I hold my nose and hope Malonado has had his “come to Tea Party” moment? I think my buddy W.C. Varones says it best:
Yes, he screwed his best friend’s wife. And yes, he has his own body count, having protected an illegal alien gang member who went on to murder a family in cold blood. But his opponent, Abel Maldonado, is a liar who signed a “No new taxes” pledge and then provided the crucial last vote for the biggest tax increase in California history. In exchange for this treachery, Schwarzenegger gave him an appointment to the Lt. Governor’s job. Throw the bum out!
I have good hope that with enough PR, England can emerge victorious!
As if all the above were not enough, the California GOP is now attacking state employee unions. However, the state GOP failed to aid, support, or fund the Citizen Power Campaign, which was geared to promote a ballot measure that could have been on this November’s ballot that would have LIMITED WHAT THOSE UNIONS COULD HAVE DONE WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES DONATIONS, IN TERMS OF DIRECTING THOSE FUNDS TO POLITICAL CANDIDATES AND ISSUES!
Extra-special deluxe Maldonado bonus: He failed to file the paperwork for an appeal of Proposition 8, despite the fact he was supposedly a big Proposition 8 supporter:
Monday’s deadline for the state to file an appeal in the federal case against Proposition 8 came and went with no action, despite an orchestrated last-minute effort to persuade Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado to do so as acting governor while Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was away touring Asia.
So intense were the phone calls to the lieutenant governor that, at one point, his staff asked those behind the effort to stop calling his office because they were tying up phone lines needed to respond to the San Bruno gas-explosion disaster. Prop. 8 backers complied with the request, re-routing callers to Maldonado’s campaign office.
In other words, Maldonado did what Newsom would have anyway.
It’s moments like these that make me rejoice that I remain a registered Democrat.