Loretta Sanchez Finally Debates Van Tran

October 13th, 2010 · 15 Comments

Much has been made in recent weeks about the close congressional race between Rep. Loretta Sanchez and Van Tran, especially in light of the horrible comments the congresswoman made about the Vietnamese trying to take this particular seat. I truly believe that Congresswoman Sanchez would not be in this political dog fight if she had actually been more mindful of her job and focused more on constituent needs instead of fancy junkets, expensive holiday cards, and extracurricular activities with lobbyists. She has been in congress for nearly 14 years, and she doesn’t have much of a legislative record and really hasn’t championed any causes in the way that one would hope for someone who arrived to the House with as much hype as she did. Sanchez has made it very easy for Van Tran or any other would be opponent to criticize her seriousness and commitment to her cushy taxpayer funded job.

While legislating hasn’t been much of a priority, Congresswoman Sanchez has found time to be entertained at the Playboy mansion and has made time to rummage through her purse for Politico. There’s almost a certain arrogance in how she projects herself to the public. There is an appearance that being in congress isn’t about public service but is instead about self service for Representative Sanchez, and she has demonstrated this over and over again, whether she is faced with having to take a stand on behalf of undocumented youth or expected to show up and be present for an important vote (remember how she went missing on the weekend of the big health care vote?). Even when she has an audience of people who seemingly support her, Congresswoman Sanchez condescends to the very people she purports to represent, and this was evident at the health care prayer vigil.

Well, tonight Congresswoman Sanchez had to finally face her opponent in a debate on KOCE. I couldn’t watch it, but it will be available online later this week. I did, however, find this brief summary from Scott Moxley at the OC Weekly. The OC Weekly tends to lean to the left, and I find Scott Moxley to be pretty even handed in his writing. And he offered this:

“Sanchez’s campaign declared their candidate the winner, but in my opinion Tran, a first generation Vietnamese immigrant who often struggles with English, did what he needed to do to advance his campaign in what is expected to be Orange County’s closest congressional election.”

Congresswoman Sanchez also had to rely on a teleprompter for her opening and closing statements. After all of this time, one would hope that she would have some opening and closing statements committed to memory, but I’m doubtful that she practices these things.

Sanchez really should be in a position to mop the floor with any challenger given her incumbency and her distinct fundraising and party registration advantages. As of June, Sanchez’s cash on hand was four times that of Van Tran’s. Plus, she’s going to have President Clinton attend a rally for her in Santa Ana on Friday. This race should not be as close as what is being reported. I predict that Sanchez will probably eke out a win in the end, but she certainly has taken her position for granted. And should she lose, the blame should be placed squarely on her shoulders. The Tea Party or the Vietnamese will have not caused her demise.

If you want a quick glimpse of the ads Congresswoman Sanchez is running, check these out:

Note: I suspect that the last commercial with the photo of Van Tran sleeping was probably taken during the budget passage when legislators often stay in the State Capitol all night.

Tags: Government Accountability · Rep. Loretta Sanchez

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 47th resident // Oct 14, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Check out Part 2 of their debate tonight! Van Tran tries to explain why he’s not a child molester!

  • 2 47th resident // Oct 14, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I’m not kidding. Watch as Loretta is stunned by Van Tran’s sudden declaration that he is NOT a child molester. He also continues his important crusade against teleprompters. Actually, his gaffe about child molesting just proves that Tran NEEDS a teleprompter.

  • 3 Chicano future tense // Oct 14, 2010 at 8:21 am

    We watch before our own eyes the USA and the State of California going to hell in a handbasket.
    In this particular congressional race between Chicana Loretta Sanchez and Vietnamese Tran Van what do we get?
    Not much!
    A couple of flakes whose roles will be as about as useful as deckhands rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.
    Congresswoman Sanchez..typical congress person we elect ..they who get elected and sit up there in congress feathering their personal nests,filling their personal pork barrels for future enrichment.Gloating and gluttinous they are like pigs running wild loose in a congressional pig sty full of perks,privileges,bennies,freebies and handouts.You can bet elected congress swine enjoy the vast piggery all the while as an afterthought resentfully mumbling and stumbling some colorful rhetoric-perfunctory,obligatory words of reassurance (change and hope) to the increasingly starving thinning sheered sheeple that elect them.
    And we ask why things are getting worse and why the quality of our lives is sinking like a lead weight to the bottom of the ocean?
    I would say these two flakes are NOT the exception to the rule..rather I would say that they are all too typical representative of the do-nothing mediocre nothings that occupy government offices.
    It’s an ageless game they continue to play.
    The USA-increasingly divided between the haves and the have nots.Life for the have nots is urgent -a day by day struggle for survival.Everyday for poor Latinos is a 911.
    Then we have the slightly higher layers of the vast rapidly shrinking sinking middle class,those who still having a check coming in every week, a roof over their head and some basic amenities ..things such as food and other neccesities.Most of these people do not (yet) feel the emergency,the approaching wolf at the door such as the poor Latinos do.They are the smug,self-satisfied,somewhat comfortable ones who will roll their eyes and sigh..”just vote,that’s enough to fix the emergency,no rush.. no need to resort to drastic action.”
    In other words they are saying “I got mine,your situation can just wait..just vote”.
    Most of the time such people with this lead weight inertia mentality are usually the one’s who upon losing their jobs or getting their homes foreclosed will all of the sudden begin to scream the loudest and shout out for immediate urgent action against an unjust corrupt system which has abandoned them and ripped them off.
    Such is human nature.
    Then we have the even higher levels of the upper middle class and the the rich, who identify with and have a stake in the system of exploitation and oppresion of poor Latinos.This group is mostly white with a sprinkling of obedient obsequious minorities within their ranks.They have a stake in the,stock market,real estate,etc etc..
    They thrive and prosper from the status quo,the hierarchical nature of American society whereby “the rich get richer while the poor get poorer”.
    Government,Congress and the vast majority of politicians are the shepherds,enforcers and representatives of the super rich wealthy corporate elite who are their bosses…who tell them what,how and when to ….
    politicians are nothing more than the “hired help” of the corporate ruling class.
    This congressional race in Orange County is a typical farce of an election we are typically presented with.. in this case.. a reactionary right wing fascist Vietnamese political refugee Van Tran(probably hates brown people) vs a next to worthless do nothing dull amorphous blob of a politician Loretta Sanchez (probably hates yellow people).
    What can I say other than…. “bah.. bah.. bah.. bah”..

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  • 5 chalan // Oct 14, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Say what you want, BUT, she is our pendeja.., and I’d rather have the pendeja we know then the one we don’t know. At least on occasion when she shows up to vote she will probably vote with the democrats; while the republican never will.

  • 6 Anna // Oct 14, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Loretta will win. Nobody in that district wants a Republican in office.

  • 7 Anna // Oct 14, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Re: “Congresswoman Sanchez also had to rely on a teleprompter for her opening and closing statements.”

    They all do. You’re trying to make something out of nothing.

  • 8 webmaster // Oct 14, 2010 at 11:25 am

    “They all do. You’re trying to make something out of nothing.”

    No, they don’t. You are making sweeping generalizations again… “they all do”… “nobody in that district wants a Republican to win”… yes, tell that to the many politicians who can speak without a script or the many people in CD 47 who will vote for a Republican.

    We know what happens when Loretta Sanchez has to speak off the cuff. She usually puts her foot in her mouth, like she did on Al Punto. Nobody has ever called her one of the more eloquent or witty members of the California congressional delegation.

  • 9 Anna // Oct 14, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Re: “yes, tell that to the many politicians who can speak without a script ”

    Please tell me any candidate in a debate that did not read his or her opening and closing statements either off a teleprompter or from a piece of paper on a podium. The majority of them do.

    Obama uses a teleprompter 24/7.

    You have a personal dislike of Sanchez, so rather than discuss her stance on the issues, you try to find something insignificant and make it more important than it really is. The only people who are making a big deal about what she said on Al Punto are you and Gustavo.

    The fact is that Republican Van Tran will be awful for that district, and he will not support any of the issues that are important to the people who live there, but you envy Loretta so much that you would rather see the district go Republican.

  • 10 Southern Cali // Oct 15, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Chalan—your comment is the same one used in the African American community when they are asked to support Charles Rangels (D-NY) or Jesse Jackson. If Sanchez had more appopriately addressed constituent’s needs instead of the contents of her purse for her Politico interview or less time spending taxpayers money for useless Xmas pictures of her riding a motorcycle with that tortured dog, or having affairs with her assigned attache’, our comments would be totally different. But Loretta has proven that politician’s power does not always equate favorably to integrity, ethics and caring for those who elected you into office.

  • 11 Bird Dog // Oct 15, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I thought it was ironic that Tran complained about the new Medicare auditors and enforcement agents that will be added by the Healthcare law (actually he said the Stimulus did that–but he displayed his total ignorance of federal issues all night). It was ironic BECAUSE HIS WIFE WAS CONVICTED OF MEDICARE FRAUD a few years ago. That is a matter of public record. As for his denial of allegatins of child molesting, I was unaware that he had been accused of that. Glad he denied it, but I still don’t trust him around my kids. I also don’t trust him with public money, since he was caught cheating the system for tax-free per diem. The OC Register nailed him–he actually lives in a gated community with his fraud convict wife, while he claims he lives here in the district, so he can collect per diem for going to Sacramento to vote. What a total FRAUD!!!

  • 12 Anna // Oct 15, 2010 at 10:22 am

    His wife was convicted of medicare fraud? Is that true? Also, he’s one of the republicans who obstructs the budget process every year costing our state millions of dollars. He’s incompetent.

    And look how he works the system to collect more money from the taxpayers:–.html?pic=1

    “Assemblyman Van Tran’s wife owns this West Sacramento home in her name and has declared this her principal residence for tax purposes. But state law allows Tran to call his parents’ house in Westminster his residence, which has enabled him to collect more than $137,000 in travel allowance for being away from home when he stays in West Sacramento during the legislative session.”

  • 13 Anna // Oct 15, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Van Tran’s record in Sacramento:

    Under Tran’s tenure in the State Legislature, California experienced the longest budget impasse in state history – a 100-day long spectacle that caused national embarrassment and resulted in painful cuts for local schools, health care providers, and working families. The rest of Tran’s legislative record is even worse – he voted to slash $500 million in funding for education (cuts called “devastating” by local teachers); to privatize Social Security (a plan that would have put the retirement funds of over 400,000 Orange County seniors at risk); to deny working families a raise in the minimum wage; to cut Medi-Cal reimbursements by 10%; to weaken safeguards for California consumers; and to suspend property tax deferrals for low-income seniors in Orange County. These actions are part of Tran’s long history of voting against the interests of his constituents on a wide range of issues.

    In addition to trying to duck his atrocious record, Tran refused to explain multiple votes that had direct benefits for special interest groups. In 2005, Tran voted for a bill that allowed utility companies to charge their customers a surcharge fee for credit card transactions. [1] Following the vote, from 2005 through 2008, Tran reported receiving $18,899 in campaign contributions from utility companies that had not previously contributed to him. And in 2006, Tran voted against a bill that required mobile telephone companies to provide a 21-day grace period to new customers who wished to cancel the contract. [2] From 2007 through 2008, Tran received $9,000 in campaign contributions from special interest opponents of the bill that had never contributed to Tran prior to his vote.

  • 14 Chicano future tense // Oct 15, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    An observation :
    Having worked with and done business with southeast asian political refugees (especially vietnam war era refugees) for decades..
    It doesn’t surprise me at all that this election for congress down in OC has turned into such an ugly hostile contest ..
    Most SE Asian political refugees are extremely anti-communist to the point of being rabidly psychotic and paranoid..
    In the SE Asian mindset, Mexican people equate to an inferior race inclined towards communist Marxist ideas..
    This election for congress between a Chicana and a SE Asian political refugee (ostensibly GOP vs Democratic party) seen through the prism of dog-eat-dog racial politics (with blacks on top of the heap with Latinos and Asians on the lower levels) has become below the surface a dog fight between Latinos and SE Asians and also between perceived left-leaning progressives vs rabid right-wing anti-communist fascists..
    It doesn’t surprise me at all that charges of corruption against Mr Tran and his wife have come out..
    many of these Vietnamese refugees back in their home country were considered war criminals,a very unpleasant bunch..corrupt crooks,thieves,snitches and informers who made a fortune back in Nam in crime and corruption.. including selling heroin,hard drugs and weed to our Chicano Soldados who were sent there only to have their lives shattered and who died in the thousands in order to “protect” a pack of thieving corrupt criminals such as Mr tran and his wife and to “Free” Nam from the “evil bad wicked red commies”..
    Mr Tran and his old lady sound like real scumbags..
    Loretta Sanchez,well… she’s a wishy-washy opportunist Chicana politician..
    …The two-party system sucks.. having to hold your nose and vote for the less stinkiest politician..
    What a choice!!
    Can’t we do better than this ???

  • 15 Southern Cali // Oct 19, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Chicano Future Tense I have been holding my nose while vote since the Nixon era

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