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Rep. Loretta Sanchez's remarks about Vietnamese are 'divisive,' rival says

Rep. Loretta SanchezDemocratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez found herself in hot water this week after she said in a Spanish-language interview that "the Vietnamese" and Republicans were trying to take control of her seat.

Sanchez, who is up for reelection, was put on the defensive after her main opponent, Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Garden Grove), a Vietnamese American, jumped on the issue and called her statements "offensive" and "divisive."

The tiff highlights the political dichotomy of central Orange County, where two big voting blocs are Latinos and Vietnamese.

In an interview last week on Univision, a nationally broadcast Spanish-language television network, Sanchez said in Spanish: "The Vietnamese and the Republicans are -- with intensity -- trying to take away this seat, this seat for which we have already done so much for our community. [Taking] this seat from us and [giving] it to this Van Tran, who's very anti-immigrant and very anti-Hispanic."

Her campaign released a statement saying Sanchez was referring to "those in the Vietnamese community who are supporting her opponent."

Sanchez has worked for years to shore up support from Vietnamese Americans, who make up a sizable portion of her constituents. She attends Vietnamese festivals wearing traditional ao dai tunics and is outspoken about human rights abuses and political freedom in Vietnam, an issue dear to the hearts of Vietnamese Americans in Little Saigon, which has the largest population of Vietnamese in the country.

Such positions have earned the Democratic congresswoman support from many Vietnamese Americans, who are traditionally right-leaning.

Sanchez is facing her toughest reelection race in years against Tran, the highest-ranking Vietnamese American politician in California and somewhat of a kingmaker in Little Saigon.

Tran said he believes her statements will damage her standing in the Vietnamese community. In an interview, he characterized Sanchez's remarks as a "racial rampage."

"This is a mischaracterization that there is an alleged wedge between the Vietnamese and Latino community," he said.

Read the full story here.

-- My-Thuan Tran

Comments () | Archives (25)

This lady has forgotten she is in America.

This racist needs to resign!

I'd have to go beyond divisive and say her remarks are elitist, racist and typical of an ethnic attitude that exists in the latino communities in California.

Now what would the uproar be if a white Republican made similar comments?? We would never hear the end of it.

Typical democrat: attack the opponent personally rather than debate the issues. They don't have a record or a platform that has been successful or makes sense to anyone, so they choose the politics of division and hate rather than stand on their accomplishments or their policies. VOTE THEM OUT.

What would you expect, from a Woman, who champions the Killing of the Unborn? Pushed Abortion Clinics into African American Neighborhoods. And uses Latinos, like underwear.

Before Van Tran continues attacking Sanchez and Hispanics in general, he should remember that many Mexicans and other Hispanics died, or were wounded,in the Vietnam war, defending people like him an his family, and facilitating their evacuation to the US.

Van Tran, is it true or is it only your opinion.

If it's your opinion, then what she is claiming is just as true since it is only her poinion.

This is the reason Sanchez looses all the support from every Vietnamese American ! She sounds racism to me - Why would any American vote for her ?
She can be be elected by only Hispanic voters and illegal immigrants

It is a healthy debate .....

The right says something like telling the truth and they are attacked. The left spews bifoted racism and hate and it was misunderstood or taken out of context. Nuff Said!

What the heck wrong with this mexican?

For those who are Vietnamese democratic, what do you feel?

what an idiot. All about her & the hispanics.

...this politician is a snake!....she slithers into office by changing her name from that of being married to an anglo to her maiden hispanic name and she slithers from the gop party to a demo when she finds out that more demos live in the district she wants get elected from! ....typical conniving politician and shouldn't be trusted, least of all when she speaks!...forked tongue!!....ignorance is bliss but in her case, it does harm our political system..i am glad not to have voted for her....

Uh Sanchez, what exactly is it that you have "done" for the community? I have lived in GG for 15 years and I can't think of one single contribution that you have made--except lots & lots of travel on the county's dime...

I hope the Vietnamese community wins. Sanchez and her sister need to go.

Sanchez supports illegal immigration. Tran doesn't support illegal immigration. Sanchez statement once again shows the racism in the Latino community. Its time to get rid of Sanchez.

Every one of you in the US at one time or another at least one time in your life was an immigrant and an ethnic minority. What the heck are you talking about? The real American is only if you are Red Indian. The Indian are live forever internality….

This Lady is a real trouble....

Sanchez should be out!

Mexican Catholic cannot accept this behavior, as the story below:
"Loretta Sanchez has been involved in an intimate relationship with her former military escort and current homeland security and defense lobbyist, John (Jack) P. Einwechter ...

Read the whole story here:

It is an unavoidable fact that many Hispanics of all races sacrificed themselves during the war to help protect and bring to the US Tran, his family and thousands of Vietnamese. These are now showing how ungrateful they are, by attacking them instead of trying to win the elections honestly.

The next leader of la raza, she fits perfectly.

I hope the Vietnamese gentleman wins. She has no right to assume that another community, especially one made up of immigrants who've apparently found success through hard work and honest contributions to American culture, has no right to a voice.

Cyndi Lauper, "I see your TRUE COLORS shining through.......

I wonder if Bob Dornan ever said:

"The Mexicans and the Democrats are -- with intensity -- trying to take away this seat, this seat for which we have already done so much for our community."


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