Good Timing Aided Bustamante's Rise California Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante could be the state's next governor -- if his fellow Democrat, Gov. Gray Davis, is recalled in an Oct. 7 vote, and if Bustamante wins the most votes in a parallel election. Bustamante worked as a staff member in the state assembly for many years. Supporters say he has a knack for listening -- and for being in the right place at the right time. NPR's Richard Gonzales reports.