Abel Maldonado

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Abel Maldonado

Where’s Maldonado Now?

He’s Making Wine and Mulling Another Run for Public Office

Thursday, November 29, 2012
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Former lieutenant governor Abel Maldonado, three weeks after losing to Rep. Lois Capps in a race for the 24th Congressional seat by more than 9 percentage points, is back on his family’s ranch, growing wine grapes and making pinot noir and chardonnay. But while wine making ​— ​and spending time with his family after a busy campaign season ​— ​is treating him well, Maldonado sounds like he’s not done running for office.

While he wouldn’t say what, if any, intention he has to run for public office again, the 45-year-old Republican from Santa Maria said he will find a way to give back to the community. “Public service is in my blood,” he explained. Obviously disappointed by his loss to Capps, he attributed much of the defeat to running against someone on the same Democratic ticket as the president. “Barack Obama had some huge coattails, and he brought people home,” he said. Still, Maldonado went on, he was proud of the campaign he ran. “I was funded; I had a good message, good mail, good television,” he explained. But there was one thing he didn’t have: good polls informing him on where he stood leading up to Election Day. “My polls were off,” Maldonado admitted.

He said he is hopeful the election will show the Republican party it has to change and adapt to a shifting population, especially when it comes to immigration, something he made an important issue in his campaign. He is also hopeful that the election is proof-positive that the population wants those they elect to get work done. “That’s the problem with politics today,” he said. “People elected to govern don’t govern.”


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Photo caption: "#*$@#, I can't believe I lost the election."

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 12:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Politicians like Maldonado never realize how pompous and foolish they can sound. If he really is "hopeful that the election is proof-positive that the population wants those they elect to get work done," it's symptomatic that he can't grasp that maybe that's why they didn't vote for him.

pk (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 2:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Curiously, no mention about resolving his tax obligation /litigation. He likes public service , but apparently only if he is not the one paying for it.
Suggestion - get your tax situation resolved before attempting another run for any office. And dont be just another perrenial also ran . We have enough of those filling ballot space every election cycle here in S.B. County. Can you say "Stoker"?

geeber (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 3:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Maybe when the populace realizes that the people they've voted into office have only made their life worse, they will vote for candidates that can create growth and jobs for Californians.

Botany (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 5:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"'Barack Obama had some huge coattails, and he brought people home,' he said."

Gee, Abel-

Make lame excuses much? How about assuming some of that personal responsibility the GOP so frequently espouses?


verve825 (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 8:26 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"'Barack Obama had some huge coattails, and he brought people home,'"
Further proof of a total lack of self awareness or a total charlatan. Newsflash Abel: YOU were REJECTED!

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 8:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Yeah, he is a little high on himself. Was a good mayor with Santa Maria. If he can tone down the "holier than thou" air about him, he could do some good. A dying breed....moderate republican.

BeachFan (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 8:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

he's not as moderate as he pretends, more of a cake and eat it too type.
Exhibit A; Claimed support for marriage equality but supported Prop.8.
He is a at the very least a liar at best.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 9 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Capps won handily, and he's trying to write it off as a fluke. You don't lose by nearly 10 points because your opponent is riding someone else's coattails.

joshanders_84 (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 9:01 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Even with all that outside PAC money on his side far more than Capps had, and his Republican talking points only six months old and the poison of being perceived as (or actually would be) Boehner's be-atch, Abelito lost by more than 9 percentage points. That is an a$$-whomping by any political standard in a district that is so evenly balanced by Dems and Reps.

He needs to pay his back taxes, pay his fines to FPPC and resolve that illegal fundraiser violation, resolve his immigrant labor violations, and then grow some wine for about 10 years.
He also should stop hating The Gays. Just a tip.

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 9:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry, Abel, but the local fools have spoken and Lois the Liar is their choice yet again. And from some of the comments above it appears that there are still those who don't understand the difference between a legitimate tax debt and a legal challenge to an alleged tax debt. No cure for stupid.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 2:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No cure for blind love.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 2:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"alleged tax debt" is Republican code for tax evasion and arrogance that all the little people should pay their taxes but not Maldonado and his ilk.

Was Abelito's "I am not a Crook" TV ad one of the "good television" ads he mentioned for this article?

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 3:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I was waiting for him to deny being a witch.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 4:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

BEDEVERE: What makes you think he is a witch?

KEN_VOLOK: Well, he turned me into a newt.


KEN_VOLOK: I got better.

VILLAGER #2: Burn him anyway!

CROWD: Burn! Burn him!

BEDEVERE: Quiet, quiet. Quiet! There are ways of telling whether he is a witch.

CROWD: Are there? What are they?

VILLAGER #2: Do they hurt?

BEDEVERE: Tell me, what do you do with witches?

VILLAGER #2: Burn!

CROWD: Burn, burn them up!

BEDEVERE: And what do you burn apart from witches?

VILLAGER #1: More witches!

VILLAGER #2: Wood!

BEDEVERE: So, why do witches burn?


KEN_VOLOK: B--... 'cause they're made of wood...?


CROWD: Oh yeah, yeah...

BEDEVERE: So, how do we tell whether he is made of wood?

VILLAGER #1: Build a bridge out of him.

BEDEVERE: Aah, but can you not also make bridges out of stone?

VILLAGER #2: Oh, yeah.

BEDEVERE: Does wood sink in water?

VILLAGER #1: No, no.

VILLAGER #2: It floats! It floats!

VILLAGER #1: Throw him into the pond!

CROWD: The pond!

BEDEVERE: What also floats in water?

VILLAGER #1: Bread!

VILLAGER #2: Apples!

KEN_VOLOK: Very small rocks!

VILLAGER #1: Cider!

VILLAGER #2: Uhhh, gravy!

VILLAGER #1: Cherries!


KEN_VOLOK: Churches -- churches!

VILLAGER #2: Lead -- lead!

ARTHUR: A duck.

CROWD: Oooh.

BEDEVERE: Exactly! So, logically...,

VILLAGER #1: If... ...he......weighs the same as a duck .....
he's made of wood!

BEDEVERE: And therefore--?

VILLAGER #1: A witch!

CROWD: A witch! A witch! A witch!

binky (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 5:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

JohnAdams , as much as I hate to argue with likeminded folk , we need to acknowledge that Lois spent a boatload of bucks in this campaign. She actually outspent Maldonado by a considerable amount.
Money in elections has to go if we are to salvage our election system. Join the group Move to Amend as a first step in fighting the obscenity that has become our election process . Bonnie Raitt had it right ,last time she was here, when she substituted the word "auction " in place of the word "election".

geeber (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 5:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The witch: "It's a fair cop" (call)

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 7:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I'd never confuse the porcine Maldonado for a duck; and why a duck Binky? Why not an Albatross or a Dodo?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 29, 2012 at 10:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maldonado weighs the same as a duck; got it. But what is the air speed velocity of a duck?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2012 at 1:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I agree, geeber, that money is having an extremely corrosive effect on elections not only at the federal level but also lower. But I just don't think trying to pass a Constitutional amendment is the right way to attack the problem. You have to get 2/3 of the House and Senate and 3/4 of the states. Ain't gonna happen.

I think a better approach is to try to get limiting legislation through Congress. I know that's a tough sell but a damn sight easier than an amendment.

SezMe (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2012 at 2:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

While I agree that in concept it should be easier to get some nominal legislation through Congress, I don't see that happening as well. Oh I know, if only the "Republicans" or "Democrats" (depending on who you particularly dislike) would only get out of the way we could get this through...Right, both parties have had a chance to lead these efforts and both parties have failed. They all like access to as much of our tax money as they can get and as much special interest money as they can get.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2012 at 5:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I've written this before, I shall post it again. I grew up thinking ALL incumbents were traditionally challenged in primaries (which didn't mean challengers ect were enemies, just candidates with different talents and opinions.) I really think if the Dem Party is to ultimately survive it does need new blood and Primary challenges are step one. Otherwise it is well on it's way to becoming the slightly Left version of the Republicans.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2012 at 11:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Actually, there is one kind of wood that does not float. Natalie Wood.

PS If love is blind then the majority of voters in this District who are in love with Lois the Liar must be blind, n'est-ce pas?

The Dems indeed do need new blood. Intelligent, economically and financially educated, centrist new blood that understands that government must be efficient and actively pursue the creation of private jobs.

We've already seen what O'bama's idea of a compromise on the fiscal cliff is - specific tax increases and no commitment on spending cuts - classic left wing position.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2012 at 2:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Considering the fact that there were only two candidates on the ballot and no Dem challenger in the primary, you can't blame the voters from choosing one of the two choices given.
Your "classic left wing" is still far more right wing than Eisenhower's tax policies.
In addition, be forewarned that Natalie wood had friends and family as well as fans and that joke is as funny as one about rape.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2012 at 3:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I too feel that the primaries are ignored. The average voter simply wants their party to win, voting in the primaries for whoever they think will beat the opposition. If only these people would try to shape their parties by voting for who they actually think is the best candidate then the choices availabe would be much better and we wouldn't have the "lesser of two evils" problem.

@JohnLocke: Please be aware that Natalie Wood has surviving family members and friends.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2012 at 5:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Maldo had all that outside PAC money on his side far more than Capps had including outside PAC money.

And then insert bromance photo of Maldo and Ahnold Schwazeneggah grinnin and huggin here.

What really killed the Maldo election chances were when the pro-Capps volunteers started their Spanish-language election outreach with this simple and highly effective message: "Maldonado es como Rrom-ne".

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2012 at 5:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@Geeber, where are you getting your info about Capps spending more money than Maldanado? Everything I've seen shows the opposite; Maldanado seems to have had more funding and spent more on his campaign by far.

Native1 (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2012 at 9:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Native , Open Secrets keeps track of the money , and you will see that my comment was understated. Capps outspent Maldonado by a country mile.

geeber (anonymous profile)
November 30, 2012 at 10:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Abel (Putz) Maldonado. His commercials showed he has no original thought and is a brain dead politician.
Keep him out of politics.
There are enough idiots making political decisions in our country, one more is one too many more.

khiggler (anonymous profile)
December 2, 2012 at 10:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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