CHC Chairman Joe Baca (D-CA) is named one of the 10 Worst Members of Congress by Esquire Magazine! Way to go Working Joe!

October 25th, 2008 · 26 Comments

Esquire magazine has released a list of the 10 Worst Members of Congress, and the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Representative Joe Baca (D-CA) has made the list. Esquire states:

“As chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Baca steered CHC funds to the campaigns of his two sons. When Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez called him on it, he did the mature thing and called her a “whore.” Nice. So Baca’s corrupt and venal.”

We have known that Congressman Baca has been trying to get his kids jobs for years. His son Joe Baca Jr. currently sits on the Rialto city council in San Bernardino County, California, and his other son Jeremy, has lost both an assembly race and a run for the Colton city council. Jeremy Baca also has a drunk driving conviction and an earlier arrest related to a fight with an ex-girlfriend. What a lovely role model for los jóvenes in Colton, no? And if you really want proof of how shameless Working Joe Baca can be about trying to hook up his children with jobs, you must listen to this clip of his daughter singing at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala, courtesy of the bloggers at the Coconut Caucus. If the Baca children had more talent, I don’t think that the their pops would be labeled among the worst, but I don’t see any Kennedy, Daley, Roosevelt, or even Bush dynasty potential in this gene pool.

Photo Credit: The Press-Enterprise, 08/18/05, from left Joe Baca with sons Joe Jr. and Jeremy

Tags: Congressional Hispanic Caucus · Congressman Joe Baca · Kennedys · Rep. Loretta Sanchez

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Oct 25, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Surely, this is no surprise to people who follow Congressional performances. This is a man totally committed to self-service, public financed larceny, and public mindless wanderings of the soul all seemingly produced on the public’s dime. He is also one of the few public servants who can make Sarah Palin seem fairly intelligent. Why this man continues to get elected to self serve in Congress, is one of those mysteries that always revert back to those voters in the 43rd district. Are voters on the whole living in the Inland Empire really that dumb? Why is the Inland Empire unable to produce Congressional candidates on a slightly higher caliber than this self-serving Ratero who can barely read, let alone think by himself? And you wonder why the U.S. Congressional Hispanic Caucus is a running political joke. Hopefully, Howard Dean and others at the Democratic National Committee are reading these blogs.

  • 2 Camila Rivas // Oct 26, 2008 at 9:39 am

    thanks for the advice adriana, i sometimes have to remind myself the world is way bigger than my immediate surroundings, your blog is a great testament to that. thanks!

  • 3 theKaiser // Oct 26, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    If Congressional representatives are a reflection of the districts they serve, then you certainly have a point. However, I must say this; if Working Joe Baca is a corrupt Congressional politician, his corruptive nature isn’t on the scale of Randy “Duke” Cunningham from California’s 50th District, or even Jerry “King of the Payoffs” Lewis from California’s 41st District. However…that is not a rationalization of his actions as a federal public servant. Joe Baca’s corruption is pretty much limited to using public funds to help his children achieve public office and remain on the public dole. He doesn’t possess the intelligence to practice grand larceny on a massive scale. Joe Baca has a lot in common with Loretta Sanchez, in the sense that they just occupy space in the House and don’t do anything meaningful. They are just there collecting a big fat paycheck, backed by the finest benefit package in the known world. All funded by your tax dollars.

  • 4 Mexitli // Oct 26, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    I must’ve missed something. What is Baca charged with again? Anyway, congrats to Esquire mag. for finally locating a Hispanic to write about.

  • 5 webmaster // Oct 26, 2008 at 3:18 pm


    It doesn’t look like Joe Baca Sr. has been charged with anything, but Jeremy has a drunk driving conviction. I think that people are irked by Congressman Baca because he’s always promoting his children, but this family doesn’t have anything to show for it.

    If you want to learn more about Baca’s congressional record, look here:

    A few years back, he introduced a bill to increase the content of gold in Congressional Medals of Honor, which I thought was such a wonderful thing to do for our soldiers. You know how gold medallions are such status symbols in our community, right? ;)

  • 6 Michaelr // Oct 26, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Joe Baca is accused of using public monies from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to fund the political losing campaigns of his two sons. Supposedly Loretta Sanchez called him in on it, and Working Joe responded by publicly calling her a “whore.” This childish interaction by two totally incompetent Congressional representatives somewhat reflects the low levels of their combined intelligence. While Loretta is rumored to be highly intelligent, one would never imagine that given the extremely limited and meaningless legislation that has been produced by her office over the last eleven years. Ten minutes of one on one conversation with Working Joe Baca will tell you all you need to know about him. And that’s not a positive statement.

  • 7 Bearguez // Oct 26, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Oh man I just listened to that clip of Joe Baca’s daughter singing. All the dogs in the neighborhood are howling. Are you sure this wasn’t doctored?

  • 8 Mexitli // Oct 26, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Ms. Webmistress,

    OK. Fair enough. But I have two daughters and I most likely would do the same thing Baca has done as far as helping launch his sons’ political careers. Misappropriating funds? I would NOT do. I’m Cheekan, and I’ve stayed 1929393494945 million feet away from trouble all my life l0l.

    But remember how Ms. Sanchez won. She’s not so squeaky clean herself. Although I do celebrate the demise of Dornan the Red. Sanchez took her seat but those rumors of “illegals”[SIC] voting and helping her defeat Dornan took a long time to fade away. And she was highly criticized for dumping her husband’s Anglo last name and using her maiden name just to get elected. Her husband is some sort of investor and people stopped just shy of calling her a malinchista.

    Still, I was a Sanchez supporter.

    I think Baca was good in his day. Pero ya es otro sin verguensa como los demas. But like my dad used to say: “He’s OUR sin verguensa.”


  • 9 webmaster // Oct 26, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Mexitli (Daniel),

    I understand where you are coming from. Every parent wants to promote his or her child, but have something to show for it. Have high standards and hold your kids to them as well.

    Look at this bio of Joe Baca Jr.:

    He’s gone back and forth from being an educator and working in law enforcement. Then again, K-12 education in some districts could be like being a corrections officer of sort unfortunately. If I understand this correctly, Joe Baca Jr. is a substitute teacher. I wonder why he doesn’t get a full, clear credential and teach. Or is he waiting for his daddy to find something better for him in the interim?

    I agree w/ you re: Loretta Sanchez. Her issues have been documented on this blog before.

  • 10 DoctorH // Oct 27, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Why are we talking about this man? He is one the main reasons the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are a non-productive waste of resources. The Latino Community does not deserve the type of leadership this man promotes. Joe Baca is a self-serving, small-minded, and dim-witted politician. His politics remain void of any particular ideology, and his work seems to only be focused on promoting his family onto the public trough. We should all be working to remove him from his perch.

  • 11 Red Baron // Oct 27, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    The funny thing is that Baca turned out to be right! TMZ nailed her for being Playboy’s favorite “House Bunny” in the mob of miscreants, called Congress ( Then numerous sources revealed that Playgirl Loretta has been using her married military escorts for sex–i.e., using the Pentagon as her own little “escort service” on taxpayer-funded travel ( Everyone knows about her sex scandal with Einwechter. She’s never denied it. Turns out, Rumsfeld was Loretta’s pimp! Truth is stranger than fiction. Maybe after she apologizes to the taxpayers and voters of OC, Sanchez should apologize to Baca. He got a bad rap for a totally true statement. Now we know.

  • 12 reenee // Oct 27, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    I’ve got to agree with DoctorH.

  • 13 DoctorH // Oct 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Hey Red Baron: Just because Joe Baca referred to Loretta Sanchez as a whore doesn’t make him a productive Congressional representative. I am sure Joe Baca’s limited cerebral functions didn’t allow his comment to extend much further than that. This blog has plenty of commentary referring to the political and public behavior of Loretta Sanchez. She and Joe Baca both conform to all the negative stereotypes characterizing American Latino politicians, and they need to step aside and allow more competent people to serve the constituents of their districts.

  • 14 theKaiser // Oct 28, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Raul Grijalva, 7th District, Arizona is probably the only current member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that has come close to emulating the political ideology and achievements of former Congressional Representative Henry B. Gonzalez, 20th District, Texas. Joe Baca probably doesn’t even know who that former Congressman was. It’s really sad to think that Congressional Representatives are often a reflection of the goals and aspirations of their district’s constituents. A drive through the 43rd district of California can tell you a lot about Working Joe Baca. As will a drive through Loretta Sanchez’s 47th district, and the obviously corrupt local politicians hanging out in Santa Ana’s city hall.

  • 15 Bearguez // Oct 28, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Ouch! I just listened to Joe Baca’s daughter sing again. Now my ears are hurting. This is a gag right? No parent in his right mind would let his daughter perform in public like that. Tell me this is a joke…right?

  • 16 El Cholo // Oct 29, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    Joe Baca is living proof that you don’t have to have intelligence, communication skills, or even a conscience to be a U.S. Congressional Representative. Or maybe those traits have no value in the 43rd Congressional District?

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  • 18 4granTed // Nov 1, 2008 at 5:55 am

    Loretta Sanchez’s sex scandal with Jack Einwechter has all of the elements of a great political sex scandal–a sexy pol with a slutty image, a military officer, a Playboy connection, exotic international trysts, secret lives, Washington intrigue, etc. I guess the media is too distracted by the financial meltdown and a very interesting presidential election to give this the attention it deserves. But at least we have something to look forward to in the 111th Congress a this torrid tale of lust and power unfolds! Can’t wait…

  • 19 El Cholo // Nov 1, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    We’re discussing Working Joe Baca, or is it Working Joe Caca? I can think of several other nicknames to direct at this trough feeding public piece of s&*#. However, comments regarding Loretta Sanchez should be directed to her blog posts, and there are several lengthy commentaries on this blog exclusively devoted to her antics all performed on the public’s dime. So let’s be focused here. We’re discussing Joe Baca. Working Joe Baca, Congressional Representative of California’s 43rd District. Which sounds like an oxymoron? Especially since this is one of the laziest, most ineffective public servants in Congress. Maybe it’s his name? After all Joe Baca’s name translates in English to Joe Cow. Maybe his cerebral functions are the mental equivalent of a cow. Moo…moo, and moo again. How does this guy even get elected? What does this say about the voters in California’s 43rd district?

  • 20 Michaelr // Nov 1, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    You’re making an excellent point here El Cholo. What does the Congressional Representation of Joe Baca say about California’s 43rd District? The preceding Congressional Representative, George E. Brown, Jr. was an active proponent of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and was one of the first outspoken critics of the Vietnam War. So much so he voted against every defense spending bill during the Vietnam War. What will be Joe Baca’s legacy? That he moved public monies from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to finance his children’s political campaigns, and when he was caught he defended himself by calling his primary accuser, Loretta Sanchez a whore? I realize public theft, especially by Congressional representatives is now in vogue, but calling Loretta Sanchez a whore is an insult to all those other women who practice that profession to put food on the table. For all those voters in the 43rd and 47th Congressional Districts who choose their candidates on the basis of their last names…shame on you. And you wonder why so little Federal tax dollars end up in your districts? There’s your answer.

  • 21 4granTed // Nov 23, 2008 at 8:47 am

    No, El Cholo, we’re discussing the post above, which devotes a third of its space to Baca’s slur against Sanchez and what that says about him. In fact, his insult about Sanchez earned him more press than just about anything else about him in the last two years. Since truth is a defense to libel and slander, any facts about Sanchez that tend to support Baca’s insult are very relevant to how we judge his venality. Comments about Sanchez’s immoral conduct are quite responsive to this post.

  • 22 awsickofitall // Mar 31, 2009 at 5:58 am

    the reason why the 43 district keeps electing “working joe baca” and producing other less than qualified candidates is due to the demographics of the area.

    look at the ethnicity percentages, that alone should tell you why this man and others like him keep getting elected in that district

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  • 26 Versanchez // Oct 11, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    El Cholo

    You and the rest of these “Latin Yups” are sad excuses for bloggers. You might as well call yourself the
    “N” word – Cholo is the same thing. Educated positive discourse and agree to disagree. That’s what moves the agenda forward. I grew up in Highland Park and went on to higher education. Why not say something that takes a clever mind? Why not deabte and blog the real issues. You call yourself Cholo and tear down another human being for what – so we can laugh tongue in cheek at your sophmoric behavior? You call yourself a Latino? You know what you are – no need even saying it. Get a life.

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