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CAPITOL JOURNAL : ; Maldonado's early misstep

May 20, 2013 - Los Angeles Times (6+ months)

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...