But the Legislature's leaders don't want the measure to pass and are now opposing it. The move won Maldonado a friend in Schwarzenegger, however, and the governor nominated him for the vacant lieutenant governor post.
The confirmation process quickly descended into a partisan fight.
"They came at me from all sides, and it was all driven by the party bosses," Maldonado said of the roughly 150 days he spent in limbo, waiting for confirmation. "But with the open primary initiative, you would only be accountable to the people."