The only Latina on the NRCC’s Target List: Rep. Loretta Sanchez

August 4th, 2009 · 9 Comments

The National Republican Congressional Committee released a list last week of the 70 seats it intends to target for next year’s midterm elections, and Rep. Loretta Sanchez is the only Latina on the list. This doesn’t surprise me since Rep. Sanchez “has sponsored 62 bills since Jan 7, 1997 of which 58 haven’t made it out of committee and 1 were successfully enacted” according to Govtrack. She really has not been a prolific legislator or champion for the more activist base of the Democratic Party. At one time, Rep. Sanchez even was a Republican when she ran for the Anaheim City Council back in 1994, so in my view, she really isn’t ideological or loyal to any particular cause or purpose, except for maybe herself, as displayed by the costly, narcissistic holiday greeting cards.

Rep. Sanchez is already beginning to feel the heat for supporting health care reform, as evidenced by protests outside of the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach. I should note that the Bay Club is not in her district, but she goes there to raise money. She should not be phased so much by these protesters since they likely aren’t the ones in her district living without access to medical care. However, it is my hope that Rep. Sanchez does not cave in on health care and supports something comprehensive that will widen access to affordable care for more Americans. A lot of these health care protesters are saying that the government will ration care, but guess what? The insurers already do that quite successfully when they refuse to cover people with pre-existing conditions or promote certain treatments over others.

The issue that I think could prove to be more problematic with Rep. Sanchez is not so much health care or the perception that she’s going along with President Obama, but rather the allegations about a conflict of interest tryst that she has refused to address. These allegations are not the only red flags that have been raised regarding Loretta Sanchez, but also the House Ethics Committee Investigation of the staffing situation with her sister, Rep. Linda Sanchez and the thousands of dollars she has received from the infamous PMA lobbying group.

In my view, Orange County, where Rep. Loretta Sanchez’s district sits, is becoming more diverse and progressive. More articulate voices and legislatively adept leaders could have probably solidified the 47th Congressional seat after 10+ years in the House. Rep. Sanchez is known more for her holiday cards and her spat with Rep. Joe Baca than for anything substantive. So this tells me that she could be doing a better job or surrounding herself with people who will help hold herself accountable regarding ethics and her level of productivity.

Tags: Congressman Joe Baca · ethics · GOP · health care · Rep. Linda Sanchez · Rep. Loretta Sanchez

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Aug 5, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Actually, I’m surprised the GOP would even bother to spend the money and make the effort to replace her. When Loretta Sanchez is actually around to vote on the Hill, she usually votes with the Republican Party on nearly every issue anyway. You’re right…Low-Low began her political career as a Republican, and we shouldn’t be surprised if she switches back to the GOP. Except of course that requires effort and Loretta Sanchez isn’t into making efforts on anything, other than to get those Holiday cards out every year. The California 47th Congressional district has been maligned even more so with her performance and inactivity on the Hill, and her dizzy ethics and the lies she promotes to all those students looking for inspiration and guidance. She just takes up space anyway. If she had any self-dignity she should retire and walk away and let someone else more committed do the job. She has fleeced the American taxpayer long enough.

  • 2 Anna // Aug 5, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Since there is little or nothing about Latinos in the media, I would not be surprised if the Republicans think they can target her based on your blog and the ramblings of that fool Arrellano.

    If she is targeted, I wonder if the DNC will fight for the seat? Since Obama got elected, we have lost a US Senator and a member of Congress. I don’t really trust the Dems anymore. We’ll see what they do.

  • 3 theKaiser // Aug 5, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Anyone…any candidate from the GOP, the Green Party, the Independents, the Socialist Party would be a better public servant than this public thief representing California’s 47th Congressional district. I wish Low-Low was a man so I could really unload on her, but I am convinced the voters in that district deserve so much better than this lazy, stupid, attention whore.

  • 4 Cockroach People // Aug 6, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    “I wish Low-Low was a man so I could really unload on her”
    Kaiser–I don’t think you thought that one out before you typed it. ;-)

    But I do agree with your general point.

  • 5 El Cholo // Aug 6, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Attention whore? That’s putting it nicely, but she’s worse than that. There is nothing remotely Democratic about Loretta Sanchez’s lackadaisical tenure in Congress. Her relationship with the Congressional Blue Dogs clearly displays what she’s all about. And she’s all about doing nothing but collecting that paycheck.

    What does unload mean in Chicago?

  • 6 Cockroach People // Aug 7, 2009 at 6:16 am

    unload–same thing as in California usually. I was just being a goof when I invoked the Hollywood porn industry definition.

  • 7 BettyM // Aug 7, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Anna – This blog is not responsible for Sanchez’s actions. Her record says it all!!

  • 8 El Cholo // Aug 14, 2009 at 11:49 am

    That’s Anna the Apologist making excuses for Low-Low Sanchez…again. As if Low-Low is benefiting any of her constituents in the first place or the Latino political community in general. In fact, Loretta Sanchez, like Anna the Apologist, represents all the inept and blind actions of an ethnic community wallowing in complete political ignorance. I would like to think Loretta Sanchez sends a check to Anna the Apologist for all her inane and ignorant commentary. But I am sure Anna the Apologist’s belief that a brown politician, no matter how lazy, and slimly they are, is always better than a non-brown politician. So there you have it.

  • 9 DoctorH // Aug 14, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    I was asked by one of her staffers to introduce Loretta Sanchez as the “Honorable Congresswoman from California,” and I couldn’t stop laughing after hearing that request. Well I didn’t introduce her as the “Honorable Congresswoman from California, and this obviously set the tone for Loretta (Brixey) Sanchez’s speech, which only lasted six minutes after we had allocated her thirty minutes to share her thoughts and insights on several challenges facing the Congressional Armed Services Committee. She didn’t take that same condescending tone she does in the YouTube video with our group, but rather she seemed intimidated. It seems Loretta likes to get her ya-ya’s out lecturing to religious, lower class, uneducated groups flaunting herself as some person of substance. The Dream Act volunteers that have spoken at our offices say she does the same thing to them, and they are routinely offended and these are high school and college aged children trying to elevate themselves from their current social class through higher education which is supposed to increase their vocational opportunities. There was an opportunity for her to raise donations and contributions for her campaign and the DNC, but her performance was so superficial, she turned a lot of contributors off. I can see why she turns to Hugh Hefner and that social environment to always raise funds for her campaigns. She has got to be one of the most superficial and duplicitous Congress people on the Hill. And that’s the type of politician we don’t want, or need any longer if we’re to repair the mistakes of the last eight years.

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