Congratulations Linda Sanchez!

Congresswoman Linda Sanchez announced this morning in an LA Times article that she and longtime beau Jim Sullivan are expecting their first child in late May.

Linda, 39, was recently elected to her fourth term representing Southeast LA County in Congress.
Best wishes to the Sanchez-Sullivan Family!

  31 comments for “Congratulations Linda Sanchez!

  1. FLowerszzz
    November 20, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Yay another unwed mother having a baby, and engaged to a man that has already 3 kids! Rah Rah – such a great example

  2. November 20, 2008 at 1:36 pm


    I don’t recall you stating this opinion about Bristol Palin when it was discosed that she was pregnant. Is that because she iand her mom arwe fundamentalist Christians, or is it because her mom is a white Republican Governor who was running for Vice President?

    So are we to presume that you would be happier if Linda Sanchez were to have an abortion? I thought that “choosing life” was a realy big deal for most republicans and that choosing to have the child, even if the mother and father are unmarried was what a good role model would do.

    What am I missing here?

  3. Dan Chmielewski
    November 20, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Flowerzzz — this is a piece of good news in a family that just experienced a significant tragedy. So this comment from someone who’s usually a capable debater is beneath you.

    Its not like Linda Sanchez is Vito Fosella or anything?

  4. Jubal
    November 20, 2008 at 2:11 pm


    So, Linda Sanchez showed the same judgment about pre-marital sex as a 17-year odl teenager?

  5. Jubal is a kill joy
    November 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    First Matt you lose more seats in Congress, Then your boy McCain his butt kicked all over the map, and another good Democrat is being born and all you can do is throw darts.

    Why dont you take four years off because “Center Right” or whatever nonsense your calling your opinions will not be holding sway for a long time. Matt go on a vacation because no one cares about what Republicans in Orange County have to say.

    Thanks for the post Ed.

  6. Whatever...
    November 20, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    No Matt. Linda and Jim choose to get pregnant because they wanted a child. Isn’t that what life is all about? Embracing it to the fullest?

  7. FLowerszzz
    November 20, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Actually, of course I was disappointed that Palin’s daughter was prego. There is s HUGE difference though between a dumb 17 year old girl and a fully grown woman making the choice to get knocked up by a man she is not married to, who already has 3 kids of his own. What will those kids think when they come to “visit” their father? btw I speak from experience on this. I was a grown woman, who got knocked up out of wedlock, made the choice to keep my kid, and married a man who had a kid as well. My kids are almost grown now but I will tell you that it was VERY hard on them, and all families in general. I am not judging her, I just wish she was being a better example to the teenaged kids in her district, just as I wish I had been myself.

    Dan I know they had a tragedy recently on the family – so that must make it ok then?

  8. Dan Chmielewski
    November 20, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    C’mon Matt; there’s a considerable difference between an adult and an underage teen raised with abstinance only sex education. But what’s the over/under on Levi Johnson and Bristol Palin staying married?

  9. November 20, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks Jubal. I was thinking it, not sure if I wanted to say it…..

  10. demmother
    November 20, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    F*** the critics – this is a wonderful blessing. Congrats to Linda!

  11. Jubal
    November 20, 2008 at 3:00 pm


    Hey — I didn’t lunge for the Bristol Palin analogy. Chris did.

    He opened the door. Don’t complain about what walks through.


    Dude, that “Sarah Palin supported abstinence-only sex ed” was debunked many weeks ago. Those fairy tales float around the Leftosphere like ash from a wildfire.

  12. November 20, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    It’s not really my place to judge the circumstances here. Suffice to say the families are quite excited about this blessed event.
    I wish them all well for a healthy pregnancy and a healthy happy baby.
    I’m sure they’ll provide a stable, loving home for their child, which is really all that matters.
    BTW, Jubal – Unless you and Mrs. Cunningham were both virgins on your wedding night, I don’t think it appropriate for you to speak of other ADULT’s decisions on pre-marital sex.

  13. November 20, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    the choice to get knocked up by a man she is not married to, who already has 3 kids of his own.

    Let me see if I’ve got this right. You’re criticizing her for choosing to have a child with a divorced father of 3 children?

    If there’s something wrong with that then there’s something pretty wrong with about half the people I know. Heck, my own mother would never have been born (in 1924!) under that standard.

    I think you can find fault with Sanchez and Sullivan for failing to get married before deciding to get pregnant, but anything else is a ridiculous stretch that makes sense only to the vilest Sanchez-hater.

  14. November 20, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Actually, I think faulting Sanchez and Sullivan for failing to get married before deciding to get pregnant is exactly what happened, I did not see any other objection voiced, nor Sanchez hating comments. It shows a lack of judgement, which is not what I am looking for in an elected official.

  15. Flowerszzz
    November 20, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Yes Gila I am faulting her for that. I dont give a rats ass about her feelings, or how happy the family is, I care only about the kids. The 3 kids that will be visiting their daddy and his new family.

    And yes there is something wrong with about half the people I know as well…they dont see anything wrong with breaking up their families, starting new ones and only thinking about themselves – F the kids.

    Believe me in hindsight, and I love my husband dearly, if I had it to do over again I would do it differently. The KIDS suffer in this situation most of all. That is my point and what I would like to have other “adults” consider before making dumb decisions.

  16. Dan Chmielewski
    November 20, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Matt — I beg to differ. Here’s an Q&A from her 2006 gubernatorial questionnaire published by Newsweek’s Political blog:

    3. Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?
    Sarah Palin: Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.

    And this factoid is documented hundreds of times over in mainstream media articles.

    That all said, I’m sure Linda Sanchez knew what she was doing.

  17. Whatever...
    November 20, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    “It shows a lack of judgement, which is not what I am looking for in an elected official.”

    Really Colony? Lack of judgement according to who? You? I didn’t get the memo that you were the new moral authority over the personal lives of elected officials. Ken Calvert is still in office despite his taste for prostitutes, but his constituents (until all the provisional ballots are all counted) still re-elect him year after year because they liked the job he was doing.

    Linda’s job is to serve her constituents in the capacity of a member of Congress. She is upholding the law and serving her community well by working to ensure our kids are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow, that our infrastructure is secure and the people have affordable and accessible health care. If her constiuents want to boot her out over this, fine, but you should probably worry about your own life rather than judging others for the choices they make. They are happy and excited and deserve our best wishes for bringing a new life in the world…

  18. Wow!
    November 20, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    I think Flowerszzz has crossed over to the Ron & Anna world of jibberish. How is Linda breaking up a divorced man’s family by having a child? This may shock some, but I come from a blended family with two half-brothers and sisters that have been a complete blessing. They didn’t break up my parents marriage, but enhanced my life along with my stepmother. Flowerszzz, you have a very small view of the world. It figures as your party goes down the tank.

  19. Flowerszzz
    November 20, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Whatever …. no one use the word morality but you. No one is policing her morality but you – you are awfully hostile about this. I thought this was a blog where different opinions were voiced. If we all thought the same what a boring world this would be. I doubt anyone will boot her out over this lol. Everyone nowadays is so blase about families anyway, it is sad that the 3 kids will feel like outsiders and no one cares because it is all about me me me me me. Kids are not a possession.

  20. Flowerszzz
    November 20, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    WOW try putting on your glasses and reading again – I never said she broke up their marriage.

  21. November 20, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Each and every one of us as voters should be standing in judgement on those elected officials who put themselves forward to serve us. When I look at someone to vote for, I look at all of their decisions, both professional and personal. I am looking for somone with a history of responsible decisions. Someone who has a solid financial background, so that I can trust them with our General Fund. Someone who dresses in a tasteful manner so that I am proud of our representation in public. Someone who shows judgement in their family decisions so that we can trust them with those issues that affect our families. In looking over my own elected officials, I am looking out for my own life.

  22. haha
    November 20, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Yet you said in another comment that your family voted for Ron Paul, a man who published a crazy newsletter saying all type of racist drivel. So, unless that type of rhetoric is your deal, you’re a hypocrite.

  23. Tahlavi
    November 20, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    I thought it was a pretty bold decision. I think at 39 she’s old enough to decide what’s best for her and family without harsh judgment by people who don’t know her. The amount of vitriol in these comments is pretty shocking, but I guess it’s to be expected from OC. I have one 33 year old dtr, and have subsequently declined all offers to make more babies. But that was my decision. Congresswoman Sanchez has made hers. You all get to make your own decisions about how many offspring you want. Her decision is none of your dam business.

  24. November 21, 2008 at 7:35 am

    First of all, it is my “damn” business because what the Sanchez sisters do affects my neighborhood. These are not individuals in the private sector, like my gay neighbors whose behavior and ability to marry really ARE none of my business. (Ironic that many of the people who condemn Linda for not being married just denied that right to others, but I digress) Linda and Loretta have crafted a very carefully polished PR campaign for themselves, holding themselves up as role models to Latina young women. Their message says; Be like the Sanchez sisters, overcome your humble beginnings and you can enter into the highest positions of power…where your man STILL won’t respect you enough to marry you before knocking you up! Great example. And when the young women in my neighborhood have kids out of wedlock, guess who gets to pay for those WIC benefits? Yeah, I know, Liberals think it is great that “The Government” cares for these young tykes with daycare on site at the high school, and a check sent the first of the month. But those of us who are into personal responsibility see that those benefits come out of our pockets. Linda Sanchez can clearly provide for her own offspring, but she has set herself up as a public example for a bunch of girls in my neighborhood who cannot provide for their offspring, and they all look up to the Sanchez sisters, because the Sanchez sisters told them to look up to them. When I am stuck footing the bill for that bad example, I would say that is my damn business.

  25. Tahlavi
    November 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    OK – I just want to get this straight. YOUR sense of morality and YOUR pocketbook are more important than the right of adults to make their own decisions. (and don’t try to avoid the “morality” issue – your statement about the man not respecting her enough to marry her says it all). How can you possibly know HIS motiviation, not to mention hers. As far as teenagers having babies because of Ms Sanchez’s actions… You Must Be Kidding.
    Since I don’t live there anymore, I can’t intelligently comment on “day care centers at high school” (highly doubtful in my mind, but if you have some real data, let’s see it). If the teens (who only got pregnant because of Sanchez’s “example” really do get any money, it’s a pittance. I know it happens, but I bet the numbers of people (high School girls getting pregnant and being on welfare) and dollars is relatively insignificant.
    If you’re so worried about “Welfare”, let’s talk about MobileExxon not paying taxes, or Halliburton chargingmillions to wash soldiers clothes….
    There’s some REAL WELFARE, and it would feed a helluva lot of babies.
    It is unfortunate that some people aren’t willing to look at govt expenditures enough to find out where the BIG BUCKS really go. It sure as hell isn’t to high school girls with babies!

  26. November 22, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    I do not know where you live, but these teen daycare centers are all over the place.

    Are you trying to tell me that teen pregnancy is not a problem with the inner city Latino demographic Linda Sanchez panders to? George Bush should be so out of touch! The Sanchez sisters market themselves as examples to these young people, and then Linda displays the very behavior we are trying to direct these kids away from. I do not know, nor do I care, who declined to marry whom, what I care about is the message they send to the kids who have been taught to look up to these women. No, I am not saying a 16 year old is going to run off and have a baby because Linda did. But I will say that Linda sends the message that having kids out of wedlock is OK, which perpetuates the cultural model that has proven so destructive to these kids. When Linda went into public service, she forfeited the right to do as she pleased, in exchange for elevating herself, following her sister, as a role model.

    These unwed mothers, who unlike Linda are not collecting a Congresswoman’s salary, are a direct financial cost to every productive taxpayer in the State. Add up the cost of the Medi-Cal system for prenatal care, labor, deliver, follow up, pediatric care, nutrition programs, rental assistance, and yes, daycare in the high schools. But sadder still, the financial cost is nothing in comparison to the human tragedy of these girls who forfeit their education, their hopes, dreams, and futures in exchange for becoming a “baby-Momma” because that is what they are raised to see as culturally accepted. We should be trying to break that cycle, not send the signal that even their heroes do it!

    While I clearly do not agree with the political views of either Sanchez sister, I did admire the way they worked to give these girls a positive image to strive for, and I believe that Linda’s unwed pregnancy just set back that work, by a bunch. In the end it really does not matter, Linda Sanchez is not going to run off and marry her beau simply because some conservative rabble rouser in the Anaheim Colony is upset at the bad example she has set for the girls in my neighborhood who look up to her. And I do not even have the opportunity to express my displeasure by not voting for her, she does not represent my area at all (we get the other sister). I simply think that for someone who has set herself up as an example for Latina women, this was a poor choice. If she was in the private sector, more power to her, but when playing the role model, this is not praiseworthy behavior. On the other hand, from one mother to another I do congratulate her on the blessing of new life and wish her the very best.

  27. Bladerunner
    November 22, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Would it have been better if Linda and Mr. Sullivan were either married or getting married beofre or immediately after she got pregnant?

    Is it my business? No, I don’t live in her congressional district.

    Bottom line though; what’s the lead of this story? Linda chose life. And for that we should be thankful and wish her and Mr. Sullivan the best in raising this child.

  28. Bladerunner
    November 22, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    My answer to the first question was “sure.”

  29. haha
    November 22, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    That’s the best you could do, Colony Rabble? Say these mythical teen daycare centers are “all over the place,” then site just one example, and a continuation school at that? How about mention one at a normal high school? Everyone knows continuation schools are for loser kids, so it’s not surprising they would have one–but one hardly is “all over the place.”

  30. The Lovable Curmudgeon
    November 22, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    My best estimate on the number of sexually active teenage latina high schoolers residing in CD 39 who know that Linda Sanchez is her congresswoman – maybe 10%.
    Same for Loretta. Maybe 5 to 8% for Royce, Rohrabacher, Miller, Campbell, etc.
    Perhaps you should ask the girls in your neighborhood who they look up to, rather than make assumptions.

  31. November 23, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    And that is based on what? A poll by John Zeigler?

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