Republican State Sen. Abel Maldonado was chosen by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week to fill the lieutenant governor's post vacated by Democrat John Garamendi.
Maldonado visited with The Times' editorial board before the Thanksgiving holiday to discuss the appointment and, more generally, his views of what ails the perennially crisis-mired California government.
The roughly half-hour-long conversation is divided up by topic into shorter audio segments below. The Times staffers questioning Maldonado are Robert Greene, Susan Brenneman and Dan Turner.
Click on a button to listen to Maldonado's remarks on:
Partisan gridlock and the open primary
Being lieutenant governor
Budget cuts and taxes
Moderates in the GOP
A state constitutional convention
His pick for the 2010 governor's race
Redistricting and the open primary
Why California voters are angryPhoto: Schwarzenegger announces the appointment of Maldonado as lieutenant governor on Nov. 24. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times