“Latino voters, who have helped to propel California’s leftward political swing over recent years, remain reluctant to embrace Republican candidates as the November general election nears, a new Los Angeles Times/USC poll shows,” according to the L.A. Times.
Registered voters who identified themselves as Latino backed Democrat Jerry Brown by a 19-point margin over RepublicanMeg Whitman in the race for governor, despite Whitman’s multiple appeals to Latino voters during the general election campaign. Registered voters who identified themselves as white gave Brown a slim 2-point margin.
What does this mean for Republican Congressional candidate Van Tran, who is running against Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in the 47th Congressional District?
For one thing, I think it means that many Latinos will NOT vote for Tran, but they may not vote for Sanchez either. I think independent candidate Cecilia Iglesias could end up with a lot of those votes.
Some political experts agree with that notion. Iglesias “substitutes for ‘None of the Above,'” said Hoffenblum, who publishes the California Target Book on political campaigns. “What Van Tran needs is every vote of someone who doesn’t like the incumbent,” according to the O.C. Register.
We have received several Sanchez mailers at our household. All of them have ripped Tran for accepting $136K in legal per diems. Sanchez has yet to send out any mailers about what Latino voters really want to hear about – jobs and immigration reform.
Tran has been focusing on jobs in his own mailers.
Here is what Iglesias has to say about her stance on the issues, on her website:
- More Jobs / Mortgage Recovery
- Less Government Spending
- Improved Homeland Security
- True Immigration Reform
- Protect Our Troops/Veterans
Here are the issues Sanchez is highlighting on her website:
- Homeland Security
- Law Enforcement
- Military/Defense Issues
- Health Care
- In Support of Working Men and Women
- Economic Development
- Human Rights
While Sanchez mentions “Economic Development” she does NOT mention jobs! And she forgot to mention mortgage recovery, which is a HUGE issue in Santa Ana.
But you have to love Tran’s website. He doesn’t mention any issues at all! And he offers a Vietnamese language website, but not one in Spanish. Nor does he offer his campaign video in Spanish. What a dope!