Rep. Loretta Sanchez: The Vietnamese Are Trying To Take The Seat From Us

California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has gotten herself in a little hot water for comments she made while appearing on Univision to talk about her re-election campaign, in which she is facing a strong challenge from Vietnamese-American Assemblywoman Van Tran:

Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, said in a recent Spanish-language interview that “the Vietnamese” and Republicans are trying to wrest control of her seat in Congress, from which “we have done so much for our community.”

Her opponent, Republican Assemblyman Van Tran – who immigrated from Vietnam — asked for an apology Thursday. He described Sanchez’s remarks as “offensive and wrong.”


“During the interview,” her campaign said in a written statement, “Rep. Sanchez was referencing those in the Vietnamese community who are supporting her opponent.”

The Van Tran campaign pounced. “Her attack against immigrants and the Vietnamese community on national television is shocking,” campaign manager George Andrews said. “The 47th congressional district belongs to the people and not an individual ethnicity.”


On some level, this isn’t surprising. Tensions between longer established ethnic groups and newer immigrants is as old as America itself. It just isn’t very often that you find a politician expressing things like this in public.

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  1. DC Loser says:

    Interesting that Sanchez got her seat from “B-1” Bob Dornan. My, how times have changed.

  2. Tano says:

    seems a lot tamer than “the mooslims are trying to take this country from us”…

  3. john personna says:

    Great food in that district.

  4. Franklin says:

    What a bizarrely stupid comment.  It is clearly designed to play on her constituents’ fears and prejudices (which seems exactly the same as the mooslim fear-mongering to me).