The race for lieutenant governor has gotten tense as the two candidates – Abel Maldonado and Mayor Gavin Newsom – have recently become more prolific with their back-and-forth attacks and accusations.
The Newsom campaign has been riffing off the controversy of the week, asking “Where’s Maldo on … (controversy goes here)?” Last week it was the state budget – “Where’s Maldo on the state budget?” – this week Newsom’s campaign wants to know where his Republican opponent stands on higher education: “Maldonado has shown little concern for poor and middle class families that are trying to get an education at California colleges and universities – that's why he has supported large fees and tuition increases, making it more difficult for those individuals who can least afford it,” according to a campaign statement.
Maldonado has been holding his own, answering each question/accusation as they come on a weekly basis. Brandon Gesicki, Maldonado’s campaign manager, reminded voters that Maldonado has “held the line on University tuition” in his role as lieutenant governor now. “Unlike his opponent, who was born into riches, handed a political career and wants to buy himself a statewide political office, Maldonado understands firsthand the plight of hard working California families and is the best choice to represent them,” Gesicki said.