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From politics to reality TV: Abel Maldonado branches out

Attorney General Kamala Harris shares a laugh with former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado in the Senate chambers on Monday, January 10, 2011.
Attorney General Kamala Harris shares a laugh with former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldonado in the Senate chambers on Monday, January 10, 2011. hamezcua@sacbee.com

After leaving office, many politicians seek second careers as lobbyists, academics or think tankers.

Abel Maldonado decided to try reality TV.

A video compilation that has rocketed around the Internet recently opens with an apparent working title: Meet the Maldonados. In it, the former state legislator and unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate can be seen drinking wine with his daughter, asking his son about having a condom and laughing after his wife informs their daughter that “we watched porn when you were conceived.”

At one point, a horse starts relieving itself in Maldonado’s house. “Yeah, Sacramento’s better than this,” a flustered Maldonado mutters as he cleans up.

The show has not yet been picked up, and Maldonado is legally prohibited from talking about it, said longtime adviser and friend Brandon Gesicki. But Gesicki dubbed the segments he witnessed “quite entertaining.”

“Abel, after being in politics for over 20 years, comes home and tries to take over but realizes Mom is in charge and the kids are operating mostly on their own,” Gesicki said by way of describing the premise. “Dad tries to meddle, and craziness and fun ensue.”

Multiple attempts to contact the production company behind the show went unanswered.

Jeremy B. White: 916-326-5543, @CapitolAlert

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