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With Villar out of the CA Governor’s Race, will Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez jump in?

June 24th, 2009 · 20 Comments

Yesterday a friend of mine sent me this article from the LA Times that speculates Loretta Sanchez may see an opening in the governor’s race which is now dominated by white males from the Bay Area on the Democratic side. I have also heard rumors from pajaritos that as of about a month ago, Rep. Sanchez was supposedly considering a run for the governor, but I don’t think its likely primarily because of the money issue. Newsom and Brown have already been running, active, and raising money. On the GOP side, Meg Whitman, former President and CEO of eBay, will prove to be a big fundraising powerhouse in addition to bringing her own wealth to the race.

Where does this leave Loretta Sanchez? She could ask her boy Hef to help her pony up some cash, but I don’t think she would be able to compete with the bigger names in the race. The California Democratic party is going to likely fall behind Jerry Brown, while Newsom is going to raise a lot of money from the SF and gay community elite. Again, Whitman will raise a lot of money in the Silicon Valley, San Diego, and Orange County (Loretta’s backyard). Plus, it is likely that Loretta Sanchez would eventually have to address her relationship with John (Jack) Einwechter. Finally, if you have heard Congresswoman Sanchez speak, it would become apparent that she would be the weakest debater, speaker, spokesperson for the state relative to a more intellectual Jerry Brown, a smooth talking Gavin Newsom, and a business-oriented Meg Whitman. However, I do think that if Congresswoman Sanchez tossed her hat into the ring, it would certainly add more flavor to the governor’s race and provide us plenty of laughs. In these tough times, a little levity can lift the spirits.

UPDATED: According to KPCC, Loretta Sanchez is not running for governor.

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20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Gustavo Arellano // Jun 24, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Heaven help us all if she does…

  • 2 Michaelr // Jun 24, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Six months into 2009, the effect of the Obama Administration’s efforts to promote transparency and provide accountability to its citizens is inspiring political behavior we haven’t since for 29 years. First, GOP Senator John Ensign-Nevada resigns after formally admitting he had an extramarital affair with a female staffer, who as it turns out was attempting to extort cash and other financial benefits from John Ensign, Inc. Now GOP Governor Mark Sanford-South Carolina has admitted he’s been flying to Argentina to tango (hopefully not on the public’s dime) with a dear, dear friend and that he’s resigning from the Republican Governor’s Association. Could Congressperson Loretta Sanchez be next? Will Low-Low finally publicly admit she’s been sleeping with her lobbyist paramour, creating a conflict of interest with her position on the House Armed Services committee? She is after all a Republican masquerading as a Democrat, so maybe she’ll come clean, admit she’s been deceitful on both accounts, and go with the GOP flow. It is after all, a time for political cleansing, and two members of the GOP have been honest enough to come forth and admit their transgressions to the public they swore to serve. Come on Low-Low…take a deep breath and admit you’re kind of worthless as a public servant, and you just love sending those ridiculous juiced expenses to the GAO and getting reimbursed. Do it Low-Low, come clean, especially since your guttural character has everything to do with it.

  • 3 Pablo // Jun 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    It would be nice to see someone other than a white male as our Governor.

  • 4 CockroachPeople // Jun 24, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Here’s a quote from the Washington Post regarding the Mark Sanford Scandal today:
    “The cover up is ALWAYS worse than the crime. It’s a cliche for a reason; note to future politicians: if you make a mistake, you need to own up to it immediately and totally. Do not obfuscate, do not try misdirection. In the modern media environment where private is public, the truth will come out. ”

    The Congresswoman should heed this advice if she wants to run for any office ever again.

  • 5 Anna // Jun 24, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Can I post something off topic? Today I read this op-ed piece in the LA Times about Mexican-American baseball players that isn’t true.

    In there or out, by Zev Chafets, LA Times, 6/24/09

    The author Zev Chafets claims that “for more than seven decades after that [1871] only white Latinos were allowed in the majors (and often even they often felt uncomfortable)…many took Anglo names or otherwise downplayed their roots”

    This is BS.

    In 1925 Mexican born Leo Najo was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. Let’s see, he was born in Mexico, which was not a secret, and his name was not exactly Anglo sounding. Plus he was brown.

    http://www.amazon.com/Baseballs-First-Mexican-American-Star-Amazing/dp/1595265791

    Mexican born Mel Almada played from 1933 through 1937 for the Boston Red Sox , Washington Senators (1937-38), St. Louis Browns (1938-39) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1939).

    Again, Almada is not an Anglo name, and like Najo, he was brown.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Almada

    And there are probably more players that we don’t even know about. You can’t believe anything in the LA Times.

  • 6 webmaster // Jun 24, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Gustavo,

    I completely agree with you. Heaven help us!

    Michaelr,

    They say that these things come in threes. So maybe Sanchez will own up to her alleged shenanigans.

    Pablo,

    We need a qualified governor. I could care less what color or gender at this point. Besides, I don’t think Sanchez could steer California out of the red. She has other priorities it seems.

    Cockroachpeople,

    I can agree with that advice, and I know that Sanchez has given you, as a blogger, the brush off as well.

    Anna,

    I’ll look at those links you submitted. However, I will note that writers, including those at the LA Times, make mistakes all the time.

  • 7 Red Baron // Jun 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Apparently, Loretta has finally admitted that she won’t run for governor. See the story filed this afternoon–
    http://www.scpr.org/news/2009/06/24/sanchez-not-running/

    I guess she realized that such a run would attract too much scrutiny to her scandalous private life. Nonetheless, I’m sure that Van Tran will force her to finally admit her affair with her married military escort in his campaign to unseat her next year.

  • 8 DoctorH // Jun 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Did you see S.C. Governor Mark Sanford’s press conference on slate http://www.slate.com/id/2221255/?from=rss This politician displayed unusual pain for some act that is so easy for other people. Is it possible Loretta Sanchez can even mimic this? It’s obvious the Mayor couldn’t.

  • 9 FormerStaffer // Jun 24, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Not a chance…Loretta Sanchez aka Low-Low (thank you Michaelr for that appropriate nickname) is absolutely shameless…utterly shameless. The thought of her sitting in Sacramento pretending to be the Governor of California is both comical and terrifying. It would be like giving the political reins of California to a fifty year old Brittney Spears. If you think the California Legislature is corrupt and self-serving now. Think how they would act with Low-Low in charge. Remember, this is a politician who spends 140K annually of public monies to create and mail out those infantile New Year’s cards.

  • 10 webmaster // Jun 24, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Red Baron,

    I think that we got wind of the update from KPCC around the same time, but I agree, a run for governor would certainly put Congresswoman Sanchez’s personal life in the spotlight.

    It will be interesting to see if Van Tran and his team exploit these allegations. The OC is still rather conservative, and at one point was home to rather large Marine bases, so allegations of adultery with military people won’t likely play out well…and then there is always the notion flung around by some that Latinos are “family oriented.”

  • 11 Red Baron // Jun 25, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Hey, I have a question in light of Gov. Sanford’s confession: Where was Loretta Sanchez this past weekend? Might she have been in Argentina????

  • 12 El Cholo // Jun 25, 2009 at 11:57 am

    FormerStaffer; you’ve obviously worked for Loretta Sanchez, or should we now formally address her as Low-Low, anyways…I’ve just listened to this interview she gave on NPR where she describes herself as a former investment banker, and how she and twenty-four of her banker friends could have easily solved this economic crisis. I mean it was something completely out of “Monty Python.,” anyway…do you think Low-Low is several cans short of a six pack? I realize she’s very clever with her expenses reimbursement with the GAO, but a…this woman speaks on NPR as if she’s had a frontal lobotomy.

  • 13 jammy // Jun 26, 2009 at 10:40 am

    When o’ when can we be rid of this retch-ed woman. I wish some of you people would get over your hatred of white men – especially since white men from Europe built the country from a tribal war zone and buffalo waste deposit, into the greatest country for all races ever seen on this planet. Get over it! I vote for whoever agrees with me, and I do not care what color she/he is. That does not even figure into my thinking at all. But if there’s a Sanchez name on the ballot every Latino/a from here to Mexico city will automatically vote for that person. That’s how we got Lowlow (with the majority white population also, ofcourse, and a lot of cheating, ofcourse.

  • 14 Gustavo Arellano // Jun 27, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Anna, as usual, knows nothing. Go figure out what the real names of “Mel” and “Leo,” where, then ponder the mystery of why La Habra native Jesus Flores took the name “Jesse” while playing in the majors during the 1940s.

  • 15 Anna // Jun 27, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Who cares if Mel was a nickname. His last name, Almada, was a Spanish surname, and it was no secret that he was born in Mexico. Plus he was brown. He wasn’t “hiding” anything.

    I didn’t say that there wasn’t any racism at all against Mexican-American players back then. Obviously there was. I objected to the notion that there weren’t any openly non-white Mexicans who played in the majors before 1947. That’s false. Calling yourself “Mel” instead of Baldomero doesn’t make you white. Almada wasn’t mentioned because he doesn’t fit into the official history, or narrative, which is that Mexicans
    are all newcomers who didn’t do anything until other minorites paved the way. That’s politcally correct BS.

    It’ like when Ken Burns excluded Mexican-Americans from his WWII “documentary.”
    If they can’t show us as segregated, or otherwise “less than,” then they just exclude us.

    As usual, you miss the larger point, and focus on minutiae.

  • 16 WhatThe.. // Jun 27, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I give up…

  • 17 Aakash // Jul 1, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    I am glad to see that Jerry Brown is considering a comeback. Did you know that he almost beat Clinton for the Democrat presidential nomination in 1992?

    Gov. Brown advocated a national flat tax of 13% (with the urging of the late, great conservative Republican economist Jude Wanniski).

    Since then, he left the Democrat Party (though he may have rejoined, since then), and I think he may also have become pro-life.

    I would prefer a Republican (though someone much more conservative than Arnold!), but if that seat is going to go Dem again, a maverick like Jerry Brown might be the best option.

    Will the once-Golden State become great again?

  • 18 Red Baron // Jul 2, 2009 at 3:41 am

    Meanwhile Rep. Loretta Sanchez will have a hard time defending her seat in Congress after her own sex scandal breaks. Her refusal to answer the mounting questions about her own adultery scandal ( much juicier than Sanford’s), demonstrates that she believes she has something to hide. If the allegations about her adultery with her married military escort were false, you can be sure she would have denied it by now. Instead, it is obvious that she has given strict instructions to her staff to stonewall all inquiries. Her conduct in using her official travel to pursue a relationship with a married officer is just as reprehensible as Sanford’s, yet the “mainstream” media refuses to investigate and report on it. This can only be explained by their desire to protect a cherished political ally, because apparently the public’s appetite for these political sex scandal stories is insatiable. Just look at the obsession with the Sanford case.

  • 19 Michaelr // Jul 2, 2009 at 10:08 am

    You’re forgetting about the double standard that exists with the print media. They have relished in their opportunities for the last two decades to castrate male politicians, but they completely ignore adultery related behavior by female politicians. You had those stories of Sarah Palin that were ignored, and Nancy Reagan’s fling with Frank Sinatra when Reagan was governor, and Low-Low who has been engaging in this type of behavior way before she was even elected to public office. The ugliness of Low-Low’s adultery is that it’s financed by the taxpayer. All the world traveling that she does with him. All the money that she accepts from his lobbying group to influence her decisions on the Armed Services Committee, which is a definite conflict of interest. And all the questionable expenses she’s reimbursed for by the GAO, especially for those stupid 140K Happy New Year cards see http://www.OpenSecrets.org You would think as a matter of public service, in protecting the interests of the U.S. taxpayer, the New York Times would at least write an article on this. Then again, Low-Low is a U.S. politician of absolute total insignificance within the whole U.S. political power structure. She just takes up space. While she remains in office, the Latino community in her district will never receive even a private gesture of support. The comments and lies she has told to public interest groups and high school students, conveys what an ugly human being this Low-Low actually is.

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