Thursday, January 16, 2014
Abel Maldonado Drops Out of California Gubernatorial Race
The conventional wisdom is that no one is going to beat Democrat Jerry Brown in the California gubernatorial race. Any Republican is just in the race as fodder. I can't disagree with that assessment. Abel Maldonado was put forward as the "great Latino hope." Sure, he wouldn't win, but he'd improve Republican standing with Hispanics. That wisdom was questionable. Maldonado was an underwhelming candidate for congress in 2012 and had been running an underwhelming campaign for governor. Today, he dropped out. I know some Republicans think Tim Donnelly will drag downy the rest of the ticket, but I doubt he'll be worse than Maldonado would've been. You only get so many points for just showing up.