By Adriana Maestas
Last week, LatinoPoliticsBlog was in Washington, D.C., and while there, I heard an astute political observer say, "I sense that there isn't a filter for what comes out of Loretta's mouth." Well, sure enough, that often seems to be the case, but I haven't seen a blooper like the quote in Sunday's New York Times in a while. In a short piece, ironically titled Shrill Tones are Setting the Agenda (Rep. Loretta Sanchez's voice is most certainly shrill), about civility and politics, Congresswoman Sanchez offers this:
"'Twenty thousand is nothing to keep your seat,' said Representative Loretta Sanchez, a Democrat. 'If my colleagues are smart, they'll pay $20,000, and Michael will draw the district they can win. Those who have refused to pay, God help them.' By drawing these convoluted, noncompetitive districts, politicians are spared worrying about diverse constituencies; nowhere is this more clearly demonstrated than in the racially directed redistricting in the South."
This quote is obviously referencing redistricting, which occurs after every census. However, in admitting that paying twenty thousand dollars to a consultant to have a safe seat drawn, Rep. Loretta Sanchez endorses gerrymandering and signals that she doesn't need any help from fundraisers because she can buy her district mapped in such a way so she can win. Why would anyone want to contribute to Sanchez's campaign after she made this statement?
While following the money regarding Congresswoman Sanchez, I found this item from last week under "Dirty Money Watch" in the Washington Examiner. It is worth noting that her other congressional colleagues gave their "dirty money" to charity, while Loretta Sanchez did not respond to the paper's request for comment. Rep. Sanchez has a pattern of not responding to hard questions.