A Republican state senator who supported a tax increase in this year's budget grid-lock negotiations has been announced by Governor Schwarzenegger as his choice to replace John Garamendi as lieutenant governor. Some fellow Republicans are critical of the choice, citing his budget vote as being a major stumbling block to approval. Maldonado's appointment requires confirmation from both houses of the Legislature
Abel Maldanado, Governor Schwarzenegger's new appointment as Lieutenant. Governor. He is a Republican and state senator from the 15th district, which includes the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo.