Did Julian Castro's DNC Convention Speech Signal The Decline of OC's Loretta Sanchez?

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Mayor Julian Castro
Just four years ago, Loretta Sanchez--the veteran, Democrat congresswoman from Anaheim--repeatedly won significant national network TV attention on the arm of Hilary Clinton in the Democratic Party presidential primaries.

Part of that focus happened when Sanchez continued to stridently advocate for Clinton even after it was clear the former first lady had no chance to win the nomination.

Given that fact, it's not surprising that Orange County's lone Democrat in Congress has played no major role in President Barack Obama's North Carolina convention or in his campaign.

Despite a Hollywood gossip website once branding her "The Paris Hilton of Washington," the senior female member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and the House Armed Services Committee has real legislative accomplishments that have nothing to do with fashion designs or the latest hot night club.

Yet, after last night, it's fair to ask: Is Sanchez's national political star fading?

Julian Castro, San Antonio's incredibly popular mayor, became the first Latino to give a prime-time, keynote speech at a Democratic National Convention and undoubtedly rose in party stature.

Questions may always linger about Sanchez--a Chapman University graduate who first won election by dropping her Anglo married last name and switching from Republican to Democrat--but the 37-year-old Stanford/Harvard-trained Castro appears to be an articulate, unapologetic progressive with a potentially limitless future.

Ironically, both Sanchez and Castro have impressive family stories of rising from the depths of poverty. Unfortunately for the congresswoman, she has never been able to orally relay her tale in ways that awe audiences. The mayor, who won re-election in 2011 with a mere 82 percent of the vote, obviously has no trouble connecting with crowds.

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Loretta Sanchez
Sanchez can't feel too bad. Castro also easily outshines constantly stuttering Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former California State Assembly boss John A. Perez--who is affable but largely unknown--and Orange County state Senator Lou Correa, who--like Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido--may be more popular in Republican business circles than among progressive party activists. 

Not everyone is counting the 52-year-old Sanchez out. This week, the Houston Chronicle named her to a flattering list that includes Castro and his Texas assemblyman brother Joaquin: "Top 20 Latino Democrats to watch over the next 20 years." The post touts Sanchez's close ties to Washington power broker Nancy Pelosi, but didn't mention her unsatisfied desire to win the governor's mansion in Sacramento.

There is one scenario sure to put Sanchez back in the limelight. If Hilary Clinton runs for president in 2016 and wins, look for the Blue Dog Democrat to possibly capture a cabinet post or other prominent DC job. The Clintons are exceptionally loyal to their backers.

Fading national star or not at the moment, Sanchez is a local heavyweight, who consistently brings loads of Homeland Security money to the region. Republicans love to mock her as an airhead, but she has crushed eight consecutive GOP opponents in a district that includes Anaheim, Santa Ana, Fullerton and Garden Grove. Next up in the November congressional election: conservative businessman Jerry Hayden.

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JamesRobertReade
JamesRobertReade

Alma Ramirez called her, Loretta "tio taco Sanchez!" Alma Ramirez does not like Loretta Sanchez because Loretta tries to take credit for things that others accomplished. Loretta Sanchez did nothing to prevent the overwhelming domination of Latino gangbangers in Anaheim. James Robert Reade

Kevin
Kevin

I'm sure that Sanchez also didn't help her stock by playing it coy until the absolute bitter end as to whether or not she was going to vote for the Affordable Care Act.  Live by your blue doggedness, die by your blue doggedness ...

kwelch29
kwelch29

Loretta Sanchez has been old news for a long time.  Do nothing Congress person.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

"San Antonio's incredibly popular mayor"

 

Really? With who? 

 

 

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

 @909Jeff Really? You support Romney? Not saying you have to support Obama—I sure as hell don't—but I figured you were smarter than that...

etta_mae
etta_mae

 @909Jeff Excellent video, thank you 909Jeff!

 

We all deserve better than empty promises.

 

Great to see you back--I thought you stopped reading La Raza Weekly...

909Jeff
909Jeff

 @GustavoArellano

I support exposing that Latinos y Latina's arent automatic lever pullers for the left...

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @GustavoArellano  @909Jeff From the linked article:

 

"The Times additionally reported that Castro — who became mayor of San Antonio in 2009 — assigned his chief of staff to find him a Spanish tutor. Robbie Greenblum came back to the mayor with a tutor named Marta Bronstein, a woman he met at a synagogue."

 

That's pretty funny.

 

What, 200,000 or more Spanish speaking Mexican Catholics/ Tejanos Catholics in Bexar county and the Jewish aid gets a Jewish tutor. Remember that next time when someone says that Jewish talent is why, say, Hollywood or the major media is way disproportionately Jewish.

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