Saturday, September 25, 2010

Van Tran Blasts Loretta Sanchez Comments as 'Offensive' and 'Divisive'

And good for him.

At LAT and Memeorandum:
Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez found herself in hot water this week after she said in a Spanish-language interview that "the Vietnamese" and Republicans were trying to take control of her seat.
Sanchez, who is up for reelection, was put on the defensive after her main opponent, Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Garden Grove), a Vietnamese American, jumped on the issue and called her statements "offensive" and "divisive."

The tiff highlights the political dichotomy of central Orange County, where two big voting blocs are Latinos and Vietnamese.

In an interview last week on Univision, a nationally broadcast Spanish-language television network, Sanchez said in Spanish: "The Vietnamese and the Republicans are — with intensity — trying to take away this seat, this seat for which we have already done so much for our community. [Taking] this seat from us and [giving] it to this Van Tran, who's very anti-immigrant and very anti-Hispanic" ....

Sanchez is facing her toughest reelection race in years against Tran, the highest-ranking Vietnamese American politician in California and somewhat of a kingmaker in Little Saigon.

Tran said he believes her statements will damage her standing in the Vietnamese community. In an interview, he characterized Sanchez's remarks as a "racial rampage."

"This is a mischaracterization that there is an alleged wedge between the Vietnamese and Latino community," he said.

Tran wrote a letter to Sanchez's office asking for an apology for her comments. "With such a diverse immigrant population that call central Orange County home, you should know better than stoking the flames of racial division in our community," he wrote.

The 47th Congressional District, which encompasses parts of Santa Ana, Garden Grove and Anaheim, has the only House seat held by a Democrat in Orange County. Sanchez has been in the post since 1997.
RELATED: At Legal Insurrection, "Saturday Night Card Game (Questions for Loretta Sanchez - in Vietnamese)."

BONUS: From Joel Kotkin, at Politico, "
Latino Dems Should Rethink Loyalty."


Grizzly Mama said...

Tran is correct. And it's obviously time for Sanchez to go.

Trochilus said...

Good for Van Tran! He will be proudly supported by Americans of good will, no matter what their background may be!

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