The Latino community has been reporting for the past couple of weeks a woman who has been going around the community named Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias touting herself as an IndependentÂ candidate for Congress in the 47th Congressional District, Loretta Sanchez’ seat. A little digging is revealing a much bigger picture, a clear effort by the Republican party to split the Latino vote from Loretta in the general. Nice try folks, but next time, try to hide the evidence better.
First, I went to Iglesias’ website, which you can see HERE. On her bio page, one can get the first hints she is a ringer for the GOP. She mentions working for a voter registration project in the Santa Ana and Garden Grove area, but fails to detail which one. Could it be the one that was illegally switching voters to the Republican party? Apparently she is also a resident of the Windsor Village neighborhood. So upon learning that, I looked into her voter registration information. She is apparently registered in the neighborhood at 1322 S. Arapaho Dr., which is in the neighborhood. The interesting part is she only registered there this past August.
Which leads to the next interesting fact, upon checking voter history, I found she requested a Republican ballot for the 2006 primary and the 2008 Presidential primary. The interesting part is that in the 2008 Presidential Primary, ONLY REPUBLICANS were allowed to vote, which means she was registered Republican at the time.
Looking at her issues page, she is little on details, but seems to show signs at worshiping at the alter of deregulation and privatization.Â But the interesting part is her photos pageÂ , where she proudly boasts photos with Congressman Ed Royce and Supervisor Bill Campbell yet none with any Democrats. There is little explanation why she is running, but a little more digging seems to show she is solely targeting Latino voters, which are Loretta’s base.
On her pics, there are shameless photo ops with people who are dressed in ethnic apparel, almost as if she is trying to claim posing for pictures with them somehow makes her “in touch” with the Latino people. Then the most insulting of all, which only goes to demonstrate just how intolerant and patronizing the GOP can be is a You Tube video announcing her candidacy, WHICH IS ALL IN SPANISH. Click and see for yourself. I personally find it very insulting of the GOP to think the way to siphon off Latino voters is to run a video in all Spanish. Do they really think that little of us?
SO what is the point of this. Its clear the GOP candidate, whether it be Van Tran or Quang Pham has clearly been damaged by scandal, which will limit the percentage they are able to get. They are also damaged by Loretta getting 90% of the Latino vote, who make up roughly 35%Â of the voters in an off year election in the 47th CD. The GOP knows they have no way to make inroads into that community and pleasing conservatives in the 47th who hate immigrants, so their only option is to throw in an “Independent” candidate who will hopefully siphon off votes from Loretta Sanchez in the Latino Community to just edge the Republican over the top.
A nice try, but next time, try to hide things better. Seriously, do they think this unknown in the district will get 20% away from Loretta because that is what Tran and Pham are likely to lose by after their recent scandals. Of course we have Van Tran with the recent Quachgate, when Van’s right hand man Andy Quach gotÂ drunk, crashedÂ his car into another car and a brick wall and knocked out power to 300Â households.Â Van then tried to interfere in the fieldÂ sobriety testÂ being administered by the officer on the scene. Then there is the anti Latino statements made by his other lieutenant Lan NguyenÂ in which he interfered in a police investigation. But we also have Quang Pham whose main fundraiser harbored priests who molested childrenÂ and a local blog supporter who was recently caught promoting NAMBLAÂ on websites he owns. So each candidate has given Loretta at least five hit pieces to work with.
It’s not too late to get out now Ceci. Looking at your website, it seems you are doing some good things in the community, particularly with those who are underserved in the deaf community. Stick to that, why do you want to be a Republican tool? You can do so much more good sticking to doing what you were doing. If not, well, its game on. Nice try GOP, your ringer has been caught, and Loretta will still get 60% and completely destroy Van “I interfere with sobriety tests” Tran and Quang “I befriend pederasty lovers” Pham.