Abel Maldonado says his record should sway legislators to confirm him as lieutenant governor

Sen. Abel Maldonado said Monday he will be confirmed as California’s lieutenant governor if the Legislature bases its decision on his performance and not on politics.

Maldonado, meeting today with The Tribune editorial board, declined to give odds on his confirmation. “This is a new river I’m going up, with new scenery,” he said.

However, he said legislators know him and his voting record, and that should be enough to for them to ratify Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision to name him lieutenant governor to replace John Garamendi, who was elected to Congress.

Maldonado acknowledged, however, that some Democrats don’t want him in office because then they would then have to run against an incumbent in November. Some Republicans who are seeking the job in the June primary also might oppose his elevation.

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