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Loretta Sanchez lands on national convention stage – sort of

Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. Her sister, U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez, is in the background.
Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. Her sister, U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez, is in the background. AP

Kamala Harris and Loretta Sanchez, Democrats competing to succeed U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, spent the last week tussling over President Barack Obama’s endorsement of Harris.

Sanchez, a two-decade congresswoman from Orange, blamed the political establishment’s desire to have a “coronation instead of an election.”

She then suggested Obama acted in part because he and Harris are both black. Obama and Harris are friends and she campaigned for him in Iowa in 2008.

As the Democratic National Convention opened Monday, the unusual same-party runoff was supposed to keep both off the main stage.

Harris, the state attorney general, joined the musician Alicia Keys for a panel discussion on criminal justice reform across town. But Sanchez, after dodging reporters in a hotel lobby, exploited a relationship of her own to get some face time on TV.

She accompanied her sister, Rep. Linda Sánchez of Whittier, to her convention speech, standing to her right and wearing a wide grin.

Linda Sánchez accused Donald Trump of believing that Mexican immigrants are murderers and rapists. But what about their parents? she asked.

“Let me tell you what my parents are,” Linda Sánchez said while the Senate candidate looked on.

“They are the only parents in our nation’s 265-year history to send – not one – but two daughters to the United States Congress.”

Chinyere Nnodim Jack, a Hillary Clinton delegate to the Democratic National Convention from Patterson, talks about U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez, who walked away from press after she spoke with TV Venezuela, a U.S.-based station in Philade

In an interview with Sacramento's Spanish-language Univision 19, California Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez was asked why President Barack Obama had endorsed Attorney General Kamala Harris in the unusual race for U.S. Senate.

Christopher Cadelago: 916-326-5538, @ccadelago

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