Abel Maldonado, the former lieutenant governor and state senator from Santa Maria, hopes to go where no man has ever gone before: to the election-night podium to declare victory over Congress-member Lois Capps.
According to The Fix, a Washington Post political blog, a source close to Maldonado said the plucky politico would indeed challenge Capps next year.
Maldonado is banking on the redrawing of the district boundaries to help him out. "He's pretty confident that redistricting will change that district enough that it will be better than it is now," the Fix's source was quoted as saying. Of course, if you're a Republican, the district couldn't get any worse. It went 66 percent for President Obama in 2008.
Maldonado is a moderate Republican and a nice guy, but what are the odds of him defeating Capps? About the same as walking down State Street from Micheltorena to the beach and not getting panhandled: None.
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