H/T to Gustavo Arellano at the OC Weekly for writing this up.
Just when you think one of the Latino community’s fearless leaders had run out of important things to do, she took it upon herself to bestow a Congressional Recognition to the Orange County Church of Scientology Ideal Org. Yep, that’s Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for you — the lawmaker who finds time to film “Call Me Maybe” parodies with her staff, hang out at the Playboy Mansion, and miss more votes than the average member of Congress.
As Arellano explains, “The snafu happened last August, while Loretta was taking a tour of businesses in downtown SanTana at the invite of Downtown Inc., the controversial group whom some say is leading the “renaissance” of the area while others blame for gentrification. While Loretta visited other businesses that day, her detour to the Ideal Org is simply bizarre. Who’s the pendejo aide who told her this would be a good idea?”
Now that she’s in a pretty safe district, it seems Congresswoman Sanchez has more room for error and can entertain things like Scientology. Scientology has been investigated by the FBI for human trafficking and has come under scrutiny for physical beatings and psychological torture of its members.