Abel Maldonado will take the oath of office tomorrow to become California's 47th lieutenant governor. With that, he will make history in one way -- the first Republican* Latino statewide official since 1875 -- while hoping to avoid making history in another way -- possibly being one of the shortest serving 'Lite Guvs' in modern times.
Maldonado won confirmation from his fellow senators this afternoon, the final step on his 154 day odyssey to become second in command, filling the remaining months on the term of John Garamendi, who left Sacramento for Washington, D.C. last year.
But Maldo must soon win the job outright -- first in a June 8 primary and then, if successful, on November 2. Otherwise, he will serve just about eight months, just beating the record of John Harmer who served as LG for just three months and three days in the final months of 1974.
And if he thinks the last four months were tough, just wait.