Sometimes silly season starts sooner than expected.
A longtime source called me last night to tell me that former state senator Lou Correa had met with senior officials from the OC GOP to discuss switching his party affiliation from Democratic to Republican while continuing to seek the Congressional seat now held by Rep. Loretta Sanchez in CD-46.
Quite frankly, the tip had an aura of believability. For many on the left here in OC, Correa is barely a Democrat and the CD-46 race has three other qualified Democrats vying for the seat. As a Republican, Correa would be almost certain for one of the top two spots in the 2016 primary.
Then came news of Correa’s endorsement by Loretta’s sister, Congresswoman Linda Sanchez. We contacted Correa’s consultant Dave Jacobson, who debunked the rumor pretty quickly.
“Today’s endorsement from Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Rep. Linda Sánchez serves as a testament to Senator Lou Correa’s lifelong commitment to the Democratic Party and its values. These rumors are baseless, outrageous and flat out untrue,” said Jacobson.
Now Correa, former State Senator Joe Dunn and Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen are a ménage a trois of Congressional campaign rumors. Apparently, both Correa and Nguyen would bow out of the race to back Joe Dunn for the seat while then getting support for a First District County Board of Supervisors run. But with Correa’s endorsement today by Linda Sanchez, and Nguyen’s endorsement from BlueAmerica on Monday, neither of those rumors hold any water.
Yes, Lou Correa is a Democrat and plans to stay one.