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 UnivisiÃ³n’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.”
WeÂ 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.