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The Buzz: Rep. Loretta Sanchez goes to Disneyland on latest Christmas card

Rep. Sanchez in Disneyland on latest Christmas card

U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez knows how to do Christmas cards.

Her wacky annual confections usually feature the Orange County Democrat in a place you wouldn’t picture a congresswoman – say, riding a motorcycle or sitting atop a fireplace – and creatively incorporate her late cat, Gretzky. Original and attention-grabbing, they’ve become a cult sensation in political circles.

This year, however, she’s gone more romantic than ridiculous: The card, sent out on Wednesday, is a picture of Sanchez and her husband, Jack Einwechter, posing in front of the castle at Disneyland. (Gretzky, rest assured, is still included.)

“There were so many ups and downs this year,” she said. “The country is so divided still, I wanted to make it a positive card.”

Where better than the “Happiest Place on Earth”?

A casualty of that good spirit was the political humor at the center of her “fiscal cliff” and Occupy-themed cards the last two years. It could be back in 2014, however.

“Next year is after an election, so we’ll probably have more fodder,” Sanchez said.

– Alexei Koseff


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– Bee Capitol Bureau