The bid for California Governor just got a little less crowded Thursday when former Lt. Governor Abel Maldonado announced he is leaving the race. The only Republican who has officially announced his candidacy is Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, although there is buzz that former Laguna Hills mayor Andrew Blount, who favors abortion rights and same-sex marriage rights, has said he is “considering a run”.
SFGate reports that after hearing the news Thursday, Donnelly said:
Our goal in this primary has always been to clear the field, so that we can focus on our primary opponent, Jerry Brown. With the field narrowing, we intend to continue doing just that.
With nearly 2 Million Californians still out of work and California’s economy suffering, we remain focused on our message that’s resonating with voters – a real choice at the top of the ticket this Fall.
I would like to thank former Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado for his service to the people of California, both as a legislator and as Lieutenant Governor. My family and I wish Abel and his family well in his future endeavors.