Venturing far outside her Orange County district, Rep. Loretta Sanchez gave a passionate, campaign-style talk here Friday evening, offering the strongest indication yet that she intends to enter the sleepy contest to replace U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Promising a decision within two weeks, Sanchez took aim at fellow Democrat Kamala Harris, the early front-runner in the Senate race. She criticized the state attorney general for her lack of federal experience and contrasted it with Sanchez’s own two decades in Congress.
“Look, in a very dangerous world, and a very scary world that we’re in, I've got 19 years of sitting on Armed Services and Homeland Security” committees, Sanchez continued. “In the Senate, (you) need somebody who already understands what’s going on. I don't have any ramp-up. You know, I mean we can't afford somebody who’s never — who doesn't understand what’s going on in the world.”