Sorry for the rip-and-read here, but it is what it is.
From Dan Smith at The Sacramento Bee:
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today said he would appoint Republican state Sen. Abel Maldonado to fill the vacant lieutenant governor’s job, perhaps setting off a partisan squabble over his confirmation.
Maldonado, 42, of Santa Maria, has been one of the few GOP allies the Republican governor has in the Legislature. He provided a key vote this year to help Democrats and Schwarzenegger push through tax increases and a budget plan over the objections of most Republican lawmakers.
In a statement, Schwarzenegger said Maldonado would be a “true partner” in push the governor’s agenda.
“Sen. Maldonado has proven he has the strength and courage it takes to reach across the partisan divide and put the interests of Californians first, and he is absolutely the most qualified person to take on the role of lieutenant governor,” Schwarzenegger said.
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