Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez Says ‘Vietnamese’ are Trying to Take Her Seat
According to The Orange County Register, Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, said in a recent Spanish-language interview that “the Vietnamese” and Republicans are thrying to take control of her seat in Congress, from which “we have done so much for our community.”
Her opponent, Republican Assemblyman Van Tran – who immigrated from Vietnam — asked for an apology Thursday. He described Sanchez’s remarks as “offensive and wrong.”
Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, is facing her toughest re-election challenge in years, separated in polls by only a few percentage points from Tran. Her reference to “the Vietnamese” has bounced around the blogosphere in recent days and fired up talk radio.
“During the interview,” her campaign said in a written statement, “Rep. Sanchez was referencing those in the Vietnamese community who are supporting her opponent.”
The Van Tran campaign pounced. “Her attack against immigrants and the Vietnamese community on national television is shocking,” campaign manager George Andrews said. “The 47th congressional district belongs to the people and not an individual ethnicity.
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