Rep. Sanchez clarifies her Univision commments with ‘context’

Gustavo Arellano earlier this week took Loretta Sanchez to task in a post on the OCWeekly’s Navel Gazing blog regarding comments she made in a Spanish language interview on Univision. Gustavo wrote:

The Van Tran for Congress campaign put out a press release late last week claiming that their Moby Dick, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, blamed President Barack Obama for her dismal poll ratings in her appearance last week on Univisión’s Al Punto program. If only! I suggest that they hire a better translator–where they claim she told host Jorge Ramos, “Well, of course he [Obama] is not helping me,” she actually says the anti-Obama national environment isn’t helping her. Key difference, Trannies, is that if Loretta wanted to specifically target Obama, she’d say, “Pues, por supuesto, el no me esta ayudando” (my emphasis) instead of, “Pues, por supuesto, no me esta ayudando“–you know, because definite articles are so important in Spanish grammar.

Besides, I’m shocked that the Trannies didn’t jump on Loretta’s race-baiting against Vietnamese voters in her disaster of an interview.

In the same answer, Sanchez tells Ramos in pocha Spanish that Democrats might not come out to vote, thereby sealing a comeback for the GOP. It’s especially worrisome for her, she says, because “the Vietnamese and the Republicans are–with an intensity (emphasis hers)–trying to take away this seat, this seat that we [Democrats] have done so much for our community, take away this seat from us and give it to this Van Tran, who’s very anti-immigrant and very anti-Latino.”

Rep. Sanchez greets OC Young Democrats at candidate forum

We asked Loretta to clarify her remarks and I figure I should share what she told us.

“During the interview, I was referencing those in the Vietnamese community who are supporting my opponent.

“I am very proud of my congressional record over the past 13 years. I have fought for good-paying jobs, high performing schools, safe neighborhoods, quality, affordable health care, and human rights. These are critical issues for all families in the 47th Congressional District, including those in the Vietnamese community.

“Ultimately, this election is up to the voters. I humbly ask for their vote so that we can continue to move forward – not backward – for the people of Orange County.”

I hope that clears things up.


  1. Let’s move backwards.

    On November 4, 1999 Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez voted to kill Glass-Steagall, the Banking Act of 1933. In 1999 73% of the Democrats and 93% of the Republicans voted for the “Financial Services Modernization Act” and in so doing created the “Casino Economy”.

    Watch the 82 minute video “The Takedown of Glass-Steagall” at

      • In front? Are you referring to a spot near where his picture is posted? Every time I see those pictures it’s always *inside* the post office.

  2. Loretta Sanchez says and does wacky things all the time. She’s not some big progressive champion (see her blue dog dem affiliation for instance)…she does what serves her. Hence, the changing of her registration from Republican to Dem to run for this seat back in the 90s, the changing of her name from Brixey to Sanchez, the frequent visits to the Playboy mansion (yes, this is so progressive of her and such a wonderful display of supporting women’s rights) etc. I have quite an archive of all the silly things she has done on my website. Quit fooling yourself into saying that she’s liberal… she is whatever suits her at the moment… playing the Latino card for Al Punto or the people in her district if that happens to be convenient or traveling around on the taxpayer’s dime or wearing Vietnamese traditional clothing at the Tet festival. If this is the best progressive the 47th District has to offer, then this is pretty pathetic for a county as large as Orange and for a district close to major colleges and universities.

  3. I speak and write perfect Spanish and Loretta said what she said and it is clear that she is making “Racist Remarks” When she is saying “Los Vietnameses y los Republicans estan trabajando con intensidad de quitarnos este puesto” She is saying that the Vietnamese and the Republican are working with Intensity to take away the seat from us! Meaning from the Hispanic Community.

    I am very offended that she dares tries to speak on my behalf that I am a Latina…How dare you Loretta, what gives you the right to say that I support what you are trying to convey????? Some of my very good friends are Vietnamese speaking! I care for the Vietnamese Community.

    I have met Cecilia through some of my Vietnamese friends. Cecilia has many Vietnamese friends and is loved by the Vietnamese community.

    This November 2010, I will VOTE FOR CECILIA IGLESIAS!!!

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