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Can the GOP topple Rep. Loretta Sanchez?

Rep. Loretta Sanchez

Ever since her headline-grabbing upset of conservative Republican icon Rep. Robert K. Dornan back in 1996, Rep. Loretta Sanchez has won reelection in her working-class district by wide margins. Now, however, Republicans believe they stand a fighting chance of unseating Orange County's only Democratic member of the House.

Armed with years of local political experience, strong ties with the area's ascendant Vietnamese American community and the backing of Republicans in Washington and around the nation, Republican state Assemblyman Van Tran is giving Sanchez her first serious challenge in more than a decade.

"That seat has been on the radar screen for Republicans for a long time, but [until now] they've not really had a substantive candidate," said Chip Hanlon, a founder of Red County, a conservative blog about Orange County politics. Republican leaders and campaign donors now "believe this is a winnable fight," Hanlon said.

But Sanchez, who said she has spent every weekend in the district during her 14-year tenure, has long been known for her strong fundraising, attention to district concerns and energetic campaigning. Democratic leaders say she'll prevail on Nov. 2.

"It's important to note she has taken it seriously from Day 1," said Andy Stone, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

On Friday, the Sanchez campaign announced that former President Bill Clinton will appear at a rally for her in downtown Santa Ana on Oct. 15.

Arguing that Sanchez is a better fit for the working-class district because her record better serves their interests, Stone said she is "working diligently to point out Van Tran's record on a whole range of issues that affect people's lives."

Read the full story here.

-- Jean Merl

Photo: Rep. Loretta Sanchez mixes with constituents at February 2007's Tet Festival in Garden Grove. Her district is largely Latino but also has a large Vietnamese American community. Credit: Glenn Koenig / Los Angeles Times

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No way!!! she in for a long run

Loretta Sanchez is going down to defeat like a significant number of the other socialist demoncrats.

Loretta Sanchez reminds me of Charmin. Soft and great for cleaning your bottom. The only difference, I can flush Charmin. Maybe the voters will flush Loretta on November 2 too.

They can topple her if they start asking about her relationship with a certain defense lobbyist (or rather lobbyists). Here are a few links explaining that:



This woman's personal life is full of skeletons, and unfortunately, the traditional media hasn't taken note, but hopefully people in Van Tran's campaign will examine the issue more.

Rep. Sanchez is a perfect example of an incompetent politician who was created by gerrymandering. In an honestly drawn district, she wouldn't stand a chance.

I hope so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Republicans mean WAR, INVASIONS, DEFICIT, LAYOFF, FORECLOSURES, DEPORTATIONS, HUMAN EXPLOITATION, collapse of the financial market, millions affected by 401K, minimum health care coverage, millions in bankruptcy, Katrina without solution , generate richer and leave the middle class poorest, and all disasters they left in the last 8 years.
TEA Party are their own clown as Sara Palin is.
Democrats in year and a half are working for peace in this world, full health care coverage for everybody, Golf of Mexico disaster resolved in one month, restore the economy, health and work for the middle class of our country: your vote will make the difference "D"


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