Former Calif. Lt. Gov. Maldonado takes aim at longtime House Democrat

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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California congressional candidate Abel Maldonado went up with his first television spot Thursday, touting his background as a small business owner.

The ad, titled “America,” will run on both broadcast and cable networks, and the buy totals about $300,000.

“Is this the America we want for our children?” Maldonado, a former lieutenant governor of California, asks in a voice over, as images of newspaper headlines about economic woes appear in the background.

“Washington’s filled with politicians offering empty promises, but it’s families back here footing the bills,” he says. “Bank bailouts cost taxpayers billions, while Wall Street executives rake in millions.”

“Not when I get to Washington,” says Maldonado.

“I’m Abel Maldonado. A job creator who helped build a successful family-owned business, and I approve this message because Washington needs people who know how to run small businesses, not ruin them.”

Maldonado is in a competitive race with incumbent Democratic Rep. Lois Capps, who has held office since 1998. The Rothenberg Politcal Report gives Capps the edge, rating the race “lean Democratic.”


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