CAPITOL JOURNAL : ; Maldonado's early misstep
It seemed like a fairly good idea at the time -- the idea of Abel Maldonado running for governor.
He wasn't going to win. But neither would he be a Republican embarrassment.
There was no Republican in sight with even a faint chance of beating Gov. Jerry Brown next year.
Amend that. There was no credible challenger looking to take on the Democratic incumbent.
The moderate Maldonado, 45, from Santa Maria -- a former mayor, legislator and lieutenant governor -- seemed cr...