As I predicted on Gustavo Arellano’s Four O’Clock Tuesdayhour on KPFK yesterday, Gil Cedillo effectively shot himself in the foot with his campaign spending and negative mailers, costing him the election to Judy Chu. Chu will face a runoff for the Congressional seat once held by now Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.
So much for Congressman Baca telling us, “It’s a Hispanic seat. We should not lose that seat.” It’s nice to know that Joe Baca has designated California’s 32nd Congressional District as a “Hispanic seat,” never-mind that we can be effectively represented by people other than our own kind. I wonder what he would say about a Latino running in a white or some other ethnicity dominant district.
And those Sanchez sisters are at it again. This time Reps. Linda and Loretta Sanchez face questions by the House ethics committee over payroll and staff sharing. It looks like Linda Sanchez put three of her sisters aides on her own payroll because of budget shortfalls in Loretta’s office. I’m sure that her staff didn’t mind as long as they continued to get paid, but one of the rules in business is to keep whomever is responsible for cutting your checks happy or satisfied. I could see how this little staff shuffle could create some confusion in terms of loyalties and even performance, especially in areas where the two sisters differ.