Skip to comments.Long Beach Press Telegram endorses Escobar (Rep) in 39th District
Posted on 10/11/2002 11:56:40 PM PDT by tophat9000
Long Beach Press Telegram
Escobar in 39th District
Thursday, October 10, 2002 - Congress: Voter-shy Sanchez campaigns on lies, deceit and meanness and should be roundly rejected.
Perhaps Linda Sanchez, the Democratic nominee for the 39th Congressional District, is busy picking out furniture for the Washington office she expects to occupy, because she sure isn't spending much time addressing the constituents she ostensibly wants to serve in the nation's capital.
Sanchez was a no-show in recent community forums in Paramount and Cerritos, which she had previously agreed to attend, and has declined several other invitations. A Lakewood forum is so far the only place the three candidates have debated.
Why? It could be that Sanchez has embraced the widespread perception that she will easily win by virtue of her party affiliation - the newly drawn 39th is heavily Democratic - and so she needn't bother. It also could be that she engendered such bad will during the primary campaign that she isn't eager to defend her actions publicly.
Sanchez took the Democratic nomination partly through name recognition (her sister is Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez) but mostly through a series of negative ads that attacked her opponents with lies and gross misrepresentations of fact.
By doing so, she shoved aside one of the strongest local leaders in Southeast Los Angeles, South Gate Councilmember Hector De La Torre, who would have been an excellent representative in Congress. It may have been the only way for Sanchez to win, as an unemployed labor activist with little political experience, but the tactics were deceptive, dishonest and mean.
Tim Escobar, the Republican nominee, doesn't have the local political experience we'd prefer in a candidate for Congress, but he is still by far the strongest choice for the 39th District on the Nov. 5 ballot. Voters in the district - which includes Lakewood, Artesia, Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Paramount, Lynwood, South Gate, La Mirada, and parts of Long Beach, Whittier, Florence-Graham and Willowbrook - would be much better served by Escobar over Sanchez.
Neither candidate, in fact, has significant political experience, but Escobar - a financial adviser, veteran and former aerospace worker - seems to have honesty and integrity on his side. We also wonder how much concern Sanchez would have for her constituents after the election, when she has shown such little interest in meeting them before the election.
Politically, Escobar is a moderate-leaning Republican who has drawn support from both Republicans and Democrats (his most significant endorsement comes from outgoing Rep. Steve Horn, R-Long Beach). Sanchez' platform runs to the left side of the Democratic party, while the views held by Richard Newhouse, the Libertarian nominee, are too extreme to be embraced by more than a handful of voters.
Conventional wisdom has Sanchez winning easily in a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans 3 to 1. This is a race where voters should turn conventional wisdom on its ear. We recommend they make the better choice, instead of just the party-line choice, by voting for Tim Escobar.
The National Democratic party hand picked nominee Linda Sanchez (Loretta Sanchez sister) is turning out to be a truly hated outsider
The Republican Tim Escobar has a very good chance of taking the new CA 39th
Tim is a local to the area and a great guy and I been putting some time working on his campaign.
We can win this but we need at the help we can get!
Isn't this the bwitch that claimed victory over Bob Dornan way back .. I forget when ... 1994?
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