U.S. Senate Candidate Loretta Sanchez Issued the Following Statement Regarding President Obama Endorsing Her Opponent in Historic Race Between Two Democrats:
Said Rep. Sanchez:
“I am disappointed that President Obama chose to endorse in an historic Senate race between two Democrats. I would think the Leader of the Democratic Party would be focused on defeating Donald Trump and supporting Democratic Senate candidates against Republicans.
“I believe that California voters are deeply concerned about the entrenched political establishment which has failed to work for them. Yet, it has been clear for some time that the same political establishment would rather have a coronation instead of an election for California’s next U.S. Senator.
“California’s Senate seat does not belong to the political establishment — it belongs to the People of California, and I believe California voters will make their own independent choice for U.S. Senate in November.
“I am running for the U.S. Senate on my qualifications and life experience. I grew up in Southern California the daughter of hard working immigrant parents. That’s why I have fought hard for jobs, the minimum wage, immigration reform, better schools, expanded health care, and protecting our natural resources.
“I am the only candidate for Senate with 20 years of national security and counter-terrorism experience, gained through hard work as a senior member of both the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee.
“It is clear that we will need a Senator that has been working on these issues and is ready to work for California on Day-one in the Senate. I will continue to work across partisan lines to get things done in the Senate.
“My opponent’s record is troubling. The State Auditor issued two highly critical reports on the Attorney General’s failure to maintain the database for background checks to keep guns out of the hands of people that should not have them, including felons and people with mental illness ‘resulting in continued risk to public safety.’
“Her record on helping victims of the mortgage crises showed few results for victims. She entered a settlement with the big banks that she said would help keep hundreds of thousands of Californians to stay in their homes. In fact, just a small fraction of people got any meaningful relief, and tens of thousands of California families lost their homes. Her empty promises far exceeded actual help for our homeowners.
“Her lack of experience on national security and federal issues may explain her notorious inability to take a timely stand on important federal issues, but that does not explain her failure to lead on a whole array of issues including a state investigation of officer-involved shootings. Troubling increases in crime rates during her tenure, including a 10 percent increase in violent crimes including rape, reveal an Attorney General who says little and does even less.
“My record shows my consistent willingness to take on the establishment to protect the People of California. I stood up to the leaders of my own Party and voted against the Iraq War; I voted against the so-called Patriot Act to protect our civil liberties; and I voted against the Wall Street bailout despite establishment pressure to vote ‘yes.’
“This is the independent judgment and commitment to results that I will bring to the US Senate.”