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As the anti-Democrat tide gets stronger, many Democrat office holders have been clinging to their offices ashore by resorting to the race-card - that those who differ from them must be racists.
In mid-August, when no one else was paying attention to this contest, I wrote about the congressional race in California's 47th district in Orange County. A seemingly entrenched Democrat, Loretta Sanchez, has the advantage of a preponderant Hispanic and Democrat constituency. Her challenger, Van Tran, has waged an uphill battle to within striking distance, Sanchez 45/Tran 43 in one poll. The consensus of experienced poll-watchers has moved the race from solidly Democrat to weak Democrat, and the tide keeps turning.
I wrote in mid-August that "The race has not, yet, overtly become an ethnic battle – and shouldn’t" but in desperation Loretta Sanchez has now pulled the race card.
Loretta Sanchez went on Spanish-language Univision TV to tell Latinos "Those Vietnamese and GOP are trying to take away our seat from us."
No, Loretta, the seat does not belong to any ethnic group or race. The seat belongs to Americans who want representation in their and the country's interests.
Van Tran's campaign emphasizes those interests:
1. Stop the wasteful spending. 2. Cut taxes so that small businesses can create jobs. 3. Reduce excessive regulations on small business. 4. Stand up to the special interests in Washington.
Here's Van Tran's website. Please contribute, send a message against the race-card, and send Loretta Sanchez out with the tide. Van Tran is proud to be an immigrant who treasures America.
Her Spanish needs improvement. Another way of looking at it is that her imperfect language skills are typical of what occurs in the US to children of immigrants.
She talks of "los Vietnamentes," meaning "the Vietnamese," when the correct term in Spanish is "los Vietnamitas."
She talks of "nostra comunidad," meaning "our community," when the correct term in Spanish is "nuestra comunidad." Perhaps she has seen too many Godfather movies. OTOH, given the quality of Mexican cinema, I don't blame her for watching Godfather movies instead.
BTW, she used to be a Republican(Wiki link caught in span). Doubt the Pubs want her back.
Take a good look. She's a former moderate Republican, like Arlen Specter or Dede Scozzafava. This is why the Tea Partiers are right about seeking to elect principled conservatives, and why the hundred daily invocations of the Buckley Rule are, to some extent, wrong.
Gringo - I think you're referring to what a friend of mine who works with a lot of illegals refers to as "highly skilled at being multilingually illiterate."
Loretta Sanchez was elected with the help of illegal immigrant voters who turned out in the hundreds to vote, illegally. The whole episode was swept under the rug when she was elected and as far as I know, no one was arrested, charged or deported even though hundreds of illegal votes were cast. She is constantly "fighting for us". Against the Republicans. While giving the criminals a free pass. She ran as a Republican using her husband's name and money and lost. She later ran for Congress as a "hispanic" using her maiden name and her husbands money, and millions of dollars from outside our district funneled in to defeat the Republican incumbent. The conservatives do indeed have reason to be wary of Republicans who are actually Democrats, and she is a prime example.
Hey Loretta, it's not the Latino seat, it's the peoples seat. Don't let the fact that illegal immigration gave the hispanics a majority blind you to the fact that the majority was obtained illegally. Our voting district can't change that, and the Federal government won't. Forced diversity for us, I guess.
Of all the strategic decisions Loretta Sanchez made in her drive to oust Rep. Bob Dornan from Congress, the most important may have been dropping her married name, Brixey.
In an Orange County district at least half Latino and in a year that saw Latino turnout surge to record highs statewide, Sanchez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, resumed using her birth surname just in time.
She had called herself Loretta Brixey in a failed 1994 run for Anaheim City Council.
As Loretta Sanchez, she won a bigger race. She defeated Dornan by 984 votes – 47,964 to 46,980 – when ballot counting was completed Friday.
“I’ve always said it would be about a 1,000-vote race, so with 984, that’s pretty close,” she said. “I’m really proud of the community coming out and supporting us, and everybody coming together. The work is just beginning.”
Self-assured and perpetually smiling, Sanchez will be the first Latino and first woman to represent the district in Congress.
Sanchez said she went back to her birth name because her family was well known in the sprawling district of 571,000 people, an advantage she lost when running as Loretta Brixey.
The house she grew up in was just outside the district, she acknowledged in a telephone interview Thursday from Washington, D.C.
The home in east Anaheim was “maybe nine homes out of the district,” she said. Her elementary school and high school were just outside the district. Her junior high school and church were in it.
Perhaps she should have rephrased it and said that her family surname was well-known in the district, as the Orange County White Pages lists 138 people by the name of Sanchez whose name just begins with an A. A very-well known surname.
While she shares a heritage with half of her constituents, Sanchez lives in a different socioeconomic world than many occupy. The heart of the district, Santa Ana Santa Ana, city, is a patchwork of working-class and poor neighborhoods, pockets of affluence and government buildings.
The per-capita income in the 46th Congressional District is $11,297, compared with $25,268 in Orange County’s 47th district.
Sanchez and her husband own a house in the exclusive coastal enclave of Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles Neighboring Rolling Hills was named the nation’s wealthiest town by Worth magazine this year.
Regardless of her wealth, Sanchez said she is in tune with residents of her central Orange County district.
“Who better to reflect the values of this community than a person whose values were taught to her by this community?” she said.
“My husband happens to have money, you know, some money, but better off? I think I’m in the middle-income level, and the reason I’m there is this community that invested in my education.”
Sanchez and her husband also own a condominium in Garden Grove near the heart of the district, and she said she lives there full-time.
She is a natural-born pol, given her strong streak of opportunism. BTW, some of her Congressional website is in Vietnamese. She plays the ethnic card both ways when she sees it is of benefit to her.