In California, Governor Vows to Fight for Nominee

February 14, 2010

By: Jennifer Steinhauer,

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s attempt to appoint a fellow Republican as lieutenant governor, a post left vacant when the Democratic incumbent was elected to Congress, has sent Sacramento into political meltdown.

Yet again.

On Friday, the governor withdrew the name of his nominee, State Senator Abel Maldonado, after a fight with Democrats, who control both houses of the State Legislature, ended in a disputed vote and threats of legal action.

But Mr. Schwarzenegger said he was not giving up. He said that he would renominate Mr. Maldonado, a moderate Republican from Santa Barbara, on Tuesday.

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