Hutchens Backs Correa for Congress in CD-46

State Senator Lou Correa addressing National Victims Rights during a march to the State Capitol

State Senator Lou Correa addressing National Victims Rights during a march to the State Capitol

We received this press release rom the Lou Correa for Congress campaign, but what’s notable in this endorsement is its the first from a major Republican in race — OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.

Catapulting his campaign forward with renewed momentum, today former State Senator Lou Correa garnered a milestone endorsement from Orange County’s widely respected top law enforcement officer, and Orange County’s first woman Sheriff — Sandra Hutchens– as he campaigns to represent California’s 46th Congressional District seat.

In announcing her support of Correa’s bid for Congress, Sheriff Hutchens released the following statement:

“Former Senator Lou Correa is the best choice for Congress. He’s battle-tested, determined and has proven his commitment to keeping our communities safe time and again. Lou has fought hard for Orange County, bringing back critical resources for public safety and critically needed social programs that serve the mental health community and others in need.  I know he’ll make an effective representative for Orange County in Congress. I’m proud to endorse Lou Correa for Congress.”  

Today’s endorsement announcement comes on the heels of a new poll showing Correa with an enormous lead, nearly 30-points ahead of his closest competitor.

The poll, conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, is relatively fresh out of the field, and was conducted from December 13th through December 16th. The initial results show Correa with a decisive lead over all other candidates:

  • 37% Lou Correa
  • 5%   Joe Dunn
  • 4%* Jordan Brandman
  • 8%   Bao Nguyen
  • 12% Adam Nick
  • 1%    Other
  • 33% Undecided. 

Beyond today’s announcement, Correa has racked up widespread support from organizations and leaders, including:

  • California Police Chiefs’ Association
  • National Latino Peace Officers Association
  • California Small Business Association
  • Building Our Leadership Diversity (BOLD) PAC
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
  • International Union of Operating Engineers Local 501
  • Santa Ana School Police Officers’ Association
  • Santa Ana Police Officers’ Association


Elected Leaders 

  • House Democratic Caucus Chair & Congressman Xavier Becerra
  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair and Congresswoman Linda Sánchez
  • Congresswoman & former State Assembly Speaker Karen Bass
  • Congressman Juan Vargas
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Congressman  Pete Aguilar
  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • Congressman Tony Cardenas
  • Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • Congressman Raul Ruiz, MD.
  • Congressman Ruben Gallego
  • Congressman Luis Gutierrez
  • Congressman Ruben Hinojosa
  • Congressman  Filemon Vela
  • California’s State Treasurer John Chiang
  • California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California State Senate President Pro-Tem Kevin de León
  • California Board of Equalization Chair Jerome Horton
  • California Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante (Ret.)
  • California Latino Legislative Caucus Chair and State Assemblyman Luis Alejo
  • California Legislative Black Caucus Chair & State Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • California State Senator and former Air Force General Richard Roth
  • California State Senator & LGBT trailblazer Mark Leno
  • California State Senator & Labor Committee Chair Tony Mendoza
  • California State Assemblywoman & former San Diego Central Labor Council Leader Lorena Gonzalez
  • California State Assemblyman Henry Perea
  • Santa Ana City Council Member Michele Martinez
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Board President John Palacio
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Clerk Valerie Amezcua
  • Santa Ana Unified School District Board Member José Alfredo Hernández, J.D.
  • Anaheim Union High School District Board President Annemarie Randle-Trejo
  • Anaheim Union High School District Board Member Al Jabbar
  • Anaheim City School District Board of Education President Bob Gardner
  • Anaheim City School District Board of Education Member Ryan Ruelas
  • Anaheim Police Chief John Welter (Ret.)*
  • City of Garden Grove City Council Member Kris Beard
  • Huntington Beach Unified School District Board Member Bonnie Castrey
  • Los Angeles City Councilman, past State Senator Gil Cedillo
  • Artesia City Council Member Ali Sajjad Taj

Community Leaders

  • South County Labor Chair Ray Cordova*
  • Orange County-based LGBT activist Gregory Willenborg*

Correa served in the California State Senate, representing the 34th District, from 2006- 2014 and served the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster. Prior to the Senate, he served on the Orange County Board of Supervisors representing the 1st District. Before his time on the Board, Correa served in the California State Assembly representing the 69th District.

  17 comments for “Hutchens Backs Correa for Congress in CD-46

  1. henry lipton
    January 19, 2016 at 11:54 am

    “Well Respected”? Last i heard that “Well respected” Sheriff is about to go to jail as the feds move in to clean up the mess she and the DA created under that snitch program.

    • January 19, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      stop listening to the voices in your head.

      • henry lipton
        January 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm

        Im listening to the Voice of OC and the OC Weekly via R Scott Moxley. But, I cant expect DINOs like you and Lou C to understand that. In short, this is an albatross around the candidates neck. And as time moves on that bird is going to get heavier and heavier.

        • January 19, 2016 at 4:26 pm

          Oh good, you’re using a metaphor from the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” It’s good luck for an Albatross to follow a ship, and it’s also very likely that many of the ship’s crew were destined to die on that ice field despite the Mariner’s senseless killing of the bird (with the encouragement of some crew members no less). The albatross wasn’t so much heavy as it was rotting and decaying (much like your mental state) and the bird worn around his neck was punishment for perceived sins actually gets lighter and lighter, but smells bad, much like your analysis. But all is well because when the Mariner finally learns to pray, the curse is broken and the dead, rotting albatross falls “like lead” into the ocean. And your point again is…..?

          • henry lipton
            January 20, 2016 at 9:38 am

            my point is this is a bad endorsement to have and will get worse as time marches on as the Feds unravel the rats nbest of whats happening at the OC Courts.Oh wait, I forgot you live in bizzaro world where its just fine to be a lap dog of a majorly destructive Republican like Kurt Pringle but somehow its bad to be thankful to a Republican mayor who is actually standing up for citizens rights to vote. I mean seriously dude, do you really think it is overlooked by us that you are a cheerleader for the worst sort of Republicans and DINOs while in the same breath demonizing a Republican Mayor of Anaheim who is actually doing what we would expect of your teen idol Jordan Brandman? And now you are cheering the endorsement of one of the worst civil rights violators of our history? I mean seriously? What the heck is wrong with you?

          • henry lipton
            January 20, 2016 at 1:26 pm

            The headline is misleading Vern. It should say, “Worst civil and human rights violator in OC History holds common cause with latino uncle tom”.

            • January 20, 2016 at 4:44 pm

              Did you ever read “Uncle Tom’s Cabin?”

        • Pinky
          January 20, 2016 at 12:42 pm

          Shut up Paul Lucas.

      • henry lipton
        January 25, 2016 at 11:35 am

        Nice. Now that we have three violent criminals on our streets because Hutchins allowed some of her deputies to assist in the escape of three violent felons we can illustrate how this endorsement will be an albatross around the neck of DINO lou.

        • January 25, 2016 at 1:54 pm

          Hutchens allowed the deputies to assist in the escape of three men; I don’t think one of them has been convicted of anything yet but has been held for a long time without bond. This escape hurts Lou how exactly? You don’t really make much sense

  2. henry lipton
    January 20, 2016 at 10:22 am

    So if you have been paying attention, two latino republicans have pulled papers to run in this race. Lets see how long this endorsement stands and or how fast it disappears when the GOP gets wind that this serial civil rights violator has endorsed a DINO. I highly doubt that lou will gain the democratic endorsement. apparently most of them are well aware that he is not a democrat.

    • Pinky
      January 21, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      You’re a racist Paul

  3. January 20, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Jeez, spell her name right in the headline at least…

    • January 20, 2016 at 4:42 pm

      You got me Vern; I’ll let Correa’s consultant know they mis-spelled the last name too. It’s fixed. But please edit the Winships for me. I idea of Jane Russell from the waste up is not as appealing as from the waist up.

  4. junior
    January 20, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Republicans are more than okay with Lou replacing Sanchez – have it on good authority that Dana Rohrabacher said that he was anxious and glad to have Lou in DC.

    • henry lipton
      January 20, 2016 at 2:51 pm

      hence the fact that I keep pointing out that the troll running this blog is NOT a democrat and all his friends such as you are all republicans. Its probably matt cunningham using a pen name like he did with Jubal.

      • January 20, 2016 at 4:41 pm

        Well, Henry is your pen name; what’s your real one? I think it’s “Coward C. Scare-dee Pants.” Have a great day

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