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Loretta Sanchez's public image a factor in Senate race
Loretta Sanchez's public image a factor in Senate race

One of the first questions facing Rep. Loretta Sanchez in her newly announced U.S. Senate bid is whether the kind of attention she has won while in Congress could weigh down her campaign. On occasion, the Orange County Democrat has made fellow party members wince. In 2000, Sanchez embarrassed party leaders and presidential nominee Al Gore by scheduling a fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion during the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. Joe Andrew, then party chairman, told Sanchez in a public letter that Democrats and women’s groups found the planned gathering at the Holmby Hills estate of Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner to be “neither appropriate nor...

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