Politics & Government

Schwarzenegger chides California Assembly over lieutenant governor flap

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger suggested Tuesday that Assembly Democrats are losing a public relations war by resisting the nomination of his choice for lieutenant governor.

At a news conference, the governor read from editorials and columns published in California newspapers that called the Assembly "shameful" and "infantile" for voting Thursday against state Sen. Abel Maldonado, a Republican from Santa Maria.

Schwarzenegger announced Friday he would withdraw and then resubmit Maldonado's nomination. He made it official Tuesday.

"I challenge the Assembly Democrats to set aside the partisan bickering and confirm Sen. Maldonado once and for all," Schwarzenegger said.

Asked why he thought Maldonado still had a chance of getting confirmed, the governor said: "I'm a big believer that sequels can be better than the original."

A quarrel erupted last week between the governor and Assembly leaders after the Assembly voted 37-35 to confirm Maldonado, who would fill in for Democrat John Garamendi, who is now in Congress.

Assembly leaders declared that Maldonado was rejected because after two rounds of voting he didn't get a majority – 41 votes – they said he needed for confirmation.

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