State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, left, gets a kiss from his mother, Gloria, after the Senate Rules Committee approved his nomination for Lieutenant governor at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010.  Democrats and Republicans on  the committee joined in a 4-0 vot to send his nomination to the full Senate for final approval.  Maldonado was nominated for the position by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, a democrat, was elected to Congress in November of last year.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, left, gets a kiss from his mother, Gloria, after the Senate Rules Committee approved his nomination for Lieutenant governor at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010. Democrats and Republicans on the committee joined in a 4-0 vot to send his nomination to the full Senate for final approval. Maldonado was nominated for the position by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, a democrat, was elected to Congress in November of last year.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) AP
State Sen. Abel Maldonado, R-Santa Maria, left, gets a kiss from his mother, Gloria, after the Senate Rules Committee approved his nomination for Lieutenant governor at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010. Democrats and Republicans on the committee joined in a 4-0 vot to send his nomination to the full Senate for final approval. Maldonado was nominated for the position by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger after Lt. Gov. John Garamendi, a democrat, was elected to Congress in November of last year.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) AP

Abel Maldonado a step closer to lieutenant governor post

February 03, 2010 11:54 PM

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