Over at the California Progress Report, writer Robert Cruickshank raises a fun question. The state senate district that encompasses Monterey and its environs is clearly Democrat territory, yet it's being represented by Republican Abel Maldonado. The senator doesn't have the most reactionary reputation in California, but he's got just enough of a anti-labor voting record to make him a little vulnerable. So why didn't a single Democrat sign up to challenge him this year?
The answer, Cruickshank writes, could be uberboss Don Perata. In an LA Times column from last year, Perata gushed all over Maldonado for breaking with the Republicans on the budget impasse. "I'd be happy to go down to Santa Maria any time and knock on doors and say what a solid guy he is," Perata said. Did The Don spread the word among Dems that Maldonado was untouchable? Professional conspiracy-mongers like us already know the answer.