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.