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Caroline Valdez, former aide to Rep. Loretta Sanchez, gets probation

September 25th, 2009 · 7 Comments

I have noticed an upswing in traffic with people searching for information about Caroline Valdez, the former aide to Representative Loretta Sanchez, who pleaded guilty to theft back in May. Well, the update is that Ms. Valdez, a 28 year old engaged mother and Arizona State dropout, has been sentenced today to three years probation for stealing office funds for pizza, groceries, airline tickets, and a bonus by forging her former boss’s signature.

This certainly is a tragic incident for a young Latina like Ms. Valdez. All of this grief and press for what amounts to rather petty theft. And Ms. Valdez now has a felony on her record, but what I find just as disturbing is this piece of information from today’s AP story:

“The native of Nogales, Ariz., quit her studies at Arizona State University in 2004 to pursue a political career in Washington at age 23. Her attorneys said she was living on her own for the first time and was struggling to pay her bills on a roughly $30,000 congressional salary with the high cost of living in Washington, student loan payments due and her irresponsible spending habits.”

Given the dire state of Latinos and education and the problems we have with getting into college and completing undergraduate degrees, I’m disappointed that Rep. Loretta Sanchez would even hire someone like Caroline Valdez, who left the possibility of earning that degree at ASU, for a political career at age 23. Geez, even Loretta herself gives the spiel to young Latinas about how she has earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA. Our nation’s capitol is a power hungry environment, where degrees, credentials, and knowledge are slung around in nearly every formal introduction of anyone of quasi importance. I witnessed this last week, where I sat through numerous introductions listening to where people earned their bachelor’s degrees, graduate degrees, and where they completed post-graduate work (if at all). Under what kind of delusions was Caroline Valdez under that a young Latina from Nogales could have a successful political career without formal credentials?

Finally, as usual, Congresswoman Sanchez’s office offered no comment on this situation with Ms. Valdez. But I imagine that the refusal to comment has become standard operating procedure for anything that stinks coming out of this Representative’s office. All of this should make for interesting fodder in next year’s election, where Loretta Sanchez will face off with Van Tran.

Tags: Education · ethics · Rep. Loretta Sanchez

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DoctorH // Sep 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Maybe a female thief of color stealing from an older recognized Public female thief of color doesn’t warrant hard time in a maximum security prison anymore. Had Caroline Valdez wandered across the border there at Nogales and then wandered back and Sheriff Joe Arpaio had heard about it, she may be still doing hard time at his special outdoor prison in Maricopa County for being brown. Nevertheless, the younger version of Loretta Sanchez just dodged a bullet thanks to a sympathetic judge who recognized being stupid isn’t really a crime.

  • 2 El Cholo // Sep 25, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    When your Congressional staffers have to rely on LOrenta Snatches for leadership qualities and public service examples you’re already two strikes down. This isn’t the first staffer in Loretta Sanchez’s office to get sticky fingers and magic pen disease. But, what do you expect when the boss is a public thief in her own right? Do what I say, but don’t do as I do.

  • 3 Red Baron // Sep 28, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Corruption in Loretta’s office? What a shock. Excessive use of official junkets, adultery, ethics investigations, Playboy fundraisers, risque
    x-mas cards, etc. Connect the dots. Her office is an ethics-free zone. She runs an animal house. I guess one of the animals got loose.

  • 4 FormerStaffer // Oct 3, 2009 at 11:43 am

    Staffers are a reflection of their Congressional representatives. This says so much about Loretta Sanchez’s overall character, or total lack of character to be more accurate.

  • 5 Michaelr // Oct 4, 2009 at 10:10 am

    More dysfunctional behavior financed wholly by the American taxpayer.

  • 6 BettyM // Oct 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    Let’s hope Ms. Valdez learns from her mistakes – she is young and has time to change.

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