Orange County, CA
Another Republican has announced his support for California Senate candidate Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.
Sanchez has struggled to keep pace in her senate race against California State Attorney General Kamala Harris.
Harris recently received endorsements from both President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, now, Sanchez has secured the endorsement of former Republican Representative Howard "Buck" McKeon of Santa Clarita.
McKeon, a former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, cited Sanchez’s expertise on military and national defense issues as the foundation for his support. He praised her work to protect American troops and their families—Sanchez serves on both the Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.
McKeon served in Congress for more than twenty years but decided not to seek reelection in 2014. In a statement released by the Sanchez campaign, McKeon praised Sanchez for her efforts to protect American troops and their families. “I have worked closely with Loretta for many years and have seen firsthand her ability to put partisanship aside and work with Democrats and Republicans to help move policies forward that better protect our troops and the homeland,” he explained.
Sanchez said she was honored to have McKeon’s endorsement. "My 20 years of national security experience speaks to my capacity to be ready to work on day-one,” she asserted.
This is the second endorsement Sanchez has received from a prominent California Republican. She was previously endorsed by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. She also has the support of Republican political consultant Dave Gilliard. However, despite these and other endorsements, Sanchez still faces an uphill battle in her efforts to defeat Democratic Party frontrunner, Kamala Harris, for the seat being vacated by long time California Senator Barbara Boxer.