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Q & A with Lt. Gov.-designee Abel Maldonado

Abel2 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

Offshore drilling

His pick for the 2010 governor's race

Redistricting and the open primary

Why California voters are angry

Photo: Schwarzenegger announces the appointment of Maldonado as lieutenant governor on Nov. 24. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times

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Maldonaldo - is the worst kind of politician. Where was the LA times, when this goon was speaking in Spanish to the spanish language media (during his english interview) and speaking as though he hated white people. He was playing to both audiences, the whites (by talking being so PC) and the Mexicans by being so angry...our Media is a joke and holds zero accountability to our politicians. They wonder why they are going out of business???



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