Stealth Loretta

Is Congresswoman Sanchez a whore orworsea Republican?

• Sanchez says hell yes to prosecuting kids as adults.

• The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is chumsy with the Orange County GOP. The diocese has publicly criticized Sanchez for supporting a woman's right to choose. Sanchez has responded by honoring the OC diocese on the House floor. The OC GOP has responded by never running a credible candidate against her.

• When it was disclosed her campaign received $12,000 over 2001 to 2003 from the same Kentucky technology executive who admitted bribing disgraced Rep. William Jefferson (D-Louisiana), Sanchez essentially twirled her hair and acted coy.

• During the 2003 gubernatorial recall campaign, Sanchez was the first high-level Democrat to break from the strategy of supporting Gray Davis to the end, suggesting that she would enter the race unless her party put up a viable nominee. Instead, the party put up Cruz Bustamante. Hail, Terminator!

• She got an honorary doctorate from William Howard Taft University. Yes, President Taft was a progressive—a progressive Republican!

• As it became apparent Democrats would win control of the House and possibly the Senate in last November's election, Sanchez found herself in line to chair the Homeland Security Committee. The fact that a politician who is "not serious" would be elevated to such a highly important post terrified at least one political commentator. UC Irvine political science professor (and sometime Weekly contributor) Mark Petracca made the remark on a live local television program that had invited him to represent the Democraticside of the aisle. (Republicans sitting to Petracca's right were elated.)

• The House leadership ultimately bypassed Sanchez for the Homeland Security Committee, giving it instead to the nutbusting Rep. Jane Harman (D-Redondo Beach); Sanchez got the gavel of the newly formed Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border, Maritime and Global Counterterrorism, which puts her in charge of conservative nutjobs' 700-mile border fence.

• Every Yule season, the divorced Sanchez sends out Christmas cards that feature her in suggestive clothing and poses. Last Christmas, a photo showed her—and lots of her legs—with her cat, Gretzky, on her lap. The card's big headline commanded, "Pet the cat." Outrage ensued.

• Last month, as President Bush entered the House of Representatives to give his State of the Union speech, Sanchez smooshed herself against a railing in her bright blue dress, the better to get TV time—but even better, to get Bush's attention. It worked. Bush smiled, shook her hand and said, "Hola, chica." Sanchez replied, "Hello, George." Asked later about the encounter, Sanchez told the Orange County Business Journal's Rick Reiff, "That's the kind of relationship we have. . . . Usually we hug and kiss. He knows the Latino thing."

• Sanchez's best friend in the House is Mary Bono (R-Palm Springs). She also counts among her pals Dubya's former ambassador to Spain, the right-wing, anti-legalimmigrant George Argyros!

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It'll be interesting to see how much more damage Sanchez can inflict on Democrats between now and 2010, when she'll supposedly run for governor of California—if she does not succeed as Wesley Clarke's running mate for the Democratic nomination in '08, as has also been speculated.


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