Remember the name Sen. Abel Maldonado. He was the final Republican vote needed to break the budget impasse in the California State Senate, by joining two other Republican Senators in supporting the budget deal. I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets nicknamed Abel “Specter” Maldonado in honor of U.S. Senator Arlen Specter joining two other Republicans to pass Obama’s stimulus bill.
Once difference between Maldonado and Specter, is that Maldonado claims to be a conservative – and appears to have voted such in the past. Here is an excerpt of Maldonado’s bio from his website:
During his Assembly tenure Abel was named Hero of the Taxpayer by the Americans for Tax Reform… Now as the State Senator for the 15th District, Abel… is making the same commitment. During his campaign, Abel made very simple promises, “I will never forget where I come from, I will never forget whose money government spends – it’s the people’s money and I will never let the people down.” Abel’s track record has proven that he is a man of his word and there is no doubt that he will keep those promises to the people of California.
My guess is that some folks are now going to question Maldonado’s claim of being “a man of his word.” You can bet that Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform will have something to say about it.
As I wrote a couple days ago, California’s mess could work to Arizona’s benefit. Here is one of the comments on the Sacramento Bee website under the story about the budget deal.
Well, that does it. I am OUT OF HERE. This state apparently wants me only for my tax money. It has collected over $150K in income taxes alone over the last 15 years, and I’ve had it. Despite very high tax rates, traffic is still awful, you can’t get anywhere on our public transportation “system,” and the schools are still awful. Maybe this state can get other suckers to come in and support the illegals and other freeloaders. All I know is that they won’t have my tax money anymore.
That is exactly the kind of guy I want moving from California to Arizona. Let’s roll out the welcome mat.