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.
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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.”