LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on President Obama’s endorsement of Kamala Harris to be California’s next U.S. senator (all times local):
California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez says she’s disappointed in President Barack Obama for endorsing her rival in California’s U.S. Senate race.
She’s warning that the Democratic establishment wants a coronation of state Attorney General Kamala Harris, not an election for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer.
Obama endorsed Harris earlier Tuesday, calling her a fighter for the state.
In a statement, Sanchez said she thought the president would be focused on defeating Republican nominee Donald Trump, not picking sides in a race with two Democrats in California.
She sharply criticized Harris, saying she lacked experience in federal issues, had seen crime rates increase on her watch and was exaggerating her record in office.
Sanchez is stressing she has two decades of national security experience in Congress.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are endorsing Kamala Harris to be California’s next U.S. senator.
The president says in a statement Tuesday that Harris — the state attorney general — will be a fearless fighter for California residents.
Biden says the Senate needs people like Harris, who he says has taken on big banks and stood up for working people.
The duel endorsements represent a political coup for Harris, who faces fellow Democrat Loretta Sanchez, a 10-term congresswoman, in November.
But they are not a surprise.
While Obama occasionally wades into state-level politics, Harris and the president are longtime friends.
In 2013, Obama apologized to her after telling a group of wealthy donors in the Silicon Valley that she is the “best-looking attorney general.”