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Loretta Sanchez campaign changes course, says no decision on Senate run

Rep. Loretta Sanchez of California speaks during an advocacy day hosted by the Hispanic Dental Association in 2012.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez of California speaks during an advocacy day hosted by the Hispanic Dental Association in 2012. Associated Press file

A campaign consultant working with Rep. Loretta Sanchez said an email to supporters informing them of a Thursday U.S. Senate announcement was sent inadvertently.

The email, which was initially confirmed to The Sacramento Bee by two campaign spokesmen, said the Democrat planned to hold a news conference with her husband, family and friends at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Santa Ana Train Station.

“Together we will win,” Sanchez wrote in the email to supporters.

But Bill Carrick, a veteran Democratic consultant, said the note was released by mistake, and that Sanchez has yet to finalize her plans for a challenge to Attorney General Kamala Harris in the contest to replace Barbara Boxer.

“It was a mistake,” Carrick said. “Quite a lot of people may have gotten it by mistake. But it was a mistake.”

Sanchez’s entry into the race would set up a contested and potentially expensive clash with Harris, a former San Francisco district attorney who has spent months securing endorsements and raising money, including more than $2.5 million in the year’s first quarter.

The Sanchez announcement also would come a day before California Democrats open their annual convention in nearby Anaheim, and several weeks after Sanchez strongly hinted at a run in an appearance in San Francisco.

At the gathering, organized by Bay Area Latino clubs, Sanchez criticized Harris for her lack of federal experience and inability to speak Spanish.

Harris’ team said they would wait for a formal announcement from Sanchez before issuing any comment.

Christopher Cadelago: (916) 326-5538, @ccadelago

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