Maldonado sits in on Newsom campaign event 

The Republican nominee for lieutenant governor had no qualms about crashing a Newsom event Monday morning in Los Angeles while the two rival candidates were sharing turf in Southern California.

Apparently, Maldonado — in the midst of a press event with Latino leaders, including Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa — decided he needed a little caffeine. He walked right into the Café de Camacho, where about 75 Newsom supporters were jammed inside holding signs. As the Republican candidate approached the counter to buy a cup of joe with two staffers, the Newsom supporters started chanting “Newsom, Newsom, Newsom.”

“Abel felt thirsty and he needed some coffee,” said Brandon Gesicki, Maldonado’s campaign manager.

As if that wasn’t uncomfortable enough, Maldonado then took a chair in the corner and sat through the entire 45-minute press event, listening to each speaker talk in favor of Newsom’s record and bash his own.

Apparently Newsom, known for his public speaking prowess, didn’t miss a beat, according to his campaign. He and all the other speakers managed to get their message across, and nobody held back, staffers said.

As the event wrapped up, Maldonado then camped onto the press already there, taking questions of his own.

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

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