Is Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez gearing up a future gubernatorial run?
Sanchez has filed paperwork with the Secretary of State to raise cash for a 2014 bid.
It's not unusual for California politicians to open state accounts for far off races as a place to store their campaign funds, which can later be transferred between state office accounts in accordance with contribution limits. But this wouldn't be the first time the Garden Grove Democrat tested the waters for a gubernatorial run.
The seven-term congresswoman took a similar step as she considered a 2010 run -- interest in her possible candidacy grew when Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa decided not to seek the Democratic nod. She also came close to throwing her hat in the ring for the 2003 recall.
Sanchez reported transferring roughly $3,200 from her 2010 gubernatorial fundraising effort to the new account, which was opened late last week. Her campaign representatives were not immediately available for comment on the congresswoman's plans.
Sanchez has a tough re-election race on her hands this cycle against Assemblyman Van Tran, R-Garden Grove. Though Democrats have a nearly 16-point registration advantage in the 47th Congressional District, Tran has strong ties to the district's populous Vietnamese-American voting bloc. Tran's campaign stirred some interest last week when it welcomed the endorsement of the Tea Party Express, an interesting political alliance for challenger running in a Democratic district.
(AP Photo/ San Bernardino Sun, Gabriel Acosta)
Hat tip: Capitol Morning Report.