On November 23, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he is appointing State Senator Abel Maldonado to be California’s new Lieutenant Governor. Senator Maldonado is the author of the “top-two open primary” ballot measure that will be on the June 2010 ballot. The State Senate must confirm him, but it is extremely likely that the Senate will approve the appointment. Maldonado is a Republican.
The office of Lieutenant Governor is vacant because the incumbent, Democrat John Garamendi, was elected to Congress in a special election earlier this month. California elects its Lieutenant Governor separately from its Governor.