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Abel Maldonado recall, California, 2009

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California Senator Abel Maldonado, along with five other Republicans in the California State Legislature, voted for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's solution to the state's $41 billion dollar funding gap. The six Republicans became known as the Sacramento Six.[1]


A committee indicated it would pursue a recall campaign against Maldonado because of his vote on the budget, but little further action was taken.[2]

In response to his critics, who included Steve Poizner, Maldonado spoke out in late March 2009, saying, "Since the budget was passed, you have gone around the state criticizing it and the role six Republicans played in its passage. Your recent statements condemning Propositions 1A-1F are very frustrating. During the budget debate, which lasted over 100 days, I heard from thousands of Californians who took the time to give me their input on the state budget. But I never heard from you."[3]

None of the recall efforts launched against members of the Sacramento Six made it to the ballot.

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