Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 9:53 a.m.
In a bipartisan effort with a notorious North Carolina Republican, Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez is proposing a new federal anti-stalking law that is designed to aid law enforcement in capturing offenders.
The pair has dubbed their House Resolution 196 the Simplifying the Ambiguous Law, Keeping Everyone Reliably Safe (STALKERS) Act of 2011.
The proposal, which was passed in the last session of the House of Representatives, needs approval by the U.S. Senate and the president to become law.
Sanchez has long argued that stalking laws desperately need to be revamped.
"Unfortunately, our laws haven't been updated to cover harassment through electronic surveillance and other new technologies," the Santa Ana Democrat said in a prepared statement. "I am proud to join Representative [Virginia] Foxx in introducing this tough new bill, which will take crucial steps to prosecute predators and empower victims."
Not surprisingly, Foxx--Sanchez's North Carolina pal on the proposal--added a sexist comment to the push for the legislation, saying the bill "will protect women who may be vulnerable to stalkers."
Foxx is notorious for arguing that the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old gay Wyoming college student, was not an anti-gay hate crime, even though one of the defendants confessed that he tied Shepard to a fence and savagely tortured him to death because he was gay.
Sanchez, who has historically captured the loyal support of gay activists, might want to rethink hooking up with this disgraceful dingbat in the future.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly