ANAHEIM, CA - When running for public office, there's a couple of things you shouldn't do. First of all, don't ever punch a baby. Second, avoid making racist, moronic statements.
Loretta Sanchez, California Representative and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, ignored that second piece of advice, when she made an offensive gesture about Native Americans while speaking to Indian Americans. The man who filmed Sanchez's 'war cry' gesture at the Indian American caucus says he couldn't believe it.
"I was shocked and appalled that she would make the disparaging comments about Native Americans that way. Just very un-Democratic," said Long Beach delegate Udak-Joe Ntuke.
Sanchez's opponent, Kamala Harris, was at a loss for words.
"I don't know what to say to that. That's shocking."
All that Sanchez wanted to do was run away, but as well all know, you can run, but you can't hide. A day later at the state Democratic party's convention, Sanchez apologized.
"Sooner or later we make mistakes, because you know what? We're all humans. So in this crazy and exciting rush of meetings yesterday, I said something offensive, and for that, I sincerely apologize."
Look, lady, if you're going to represent California, maybe you should know this about the Golden State. California has some of the most diverse cities in the nation, including Anaheim, where you made the boneheaded statement. And that was just two days into her campaign!
It's going to be a long election season.