During a House Armed Services Committee meeting this afternoon on 2014 Defense Department programs, Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez fought for tougher rules against members of the military who commit sexual harassment or sex crimes.
Sanchez, who over the years has risen swiftly in congressional responsibility for complex military matters, called for a strengthening of whistle-blower protections as well as an increase in holding guilty soldiers accountable for sexual misconduct.
The male-dominated U.S. military has a lengthy, pathetic history of protecting sexual criminals who wear our nation's service uniforms, a fact that has long annoyed the Anaheim Democrat and other enlightened politicians.
Sanchez said during the hearing that "it's time to make it clear" that instead of protecting sex criminals in the military services, Congress should institute "higher standards" of personal conduct.
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"Inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated," the congresswoman said.
Until the last election, Sanchez was Orange County's lone Democrat in Congress and is easily the region's most focused representative on keeping in touch with constituents on a regular basis.
Though there's been speculation about a potential Sanchez run for California governor, her chances of taking an executive branch position are possibly good if her pal Hilary Clinton becomes the next president of the United States.
Local Republicans have spent 16 years trying to knock Sanchez out of office in historically conservative Orange County--a place with a population greater than 19 states, but miserably failed each time.