Dem suggests race factored into Obama Senate endorsement  

Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.), who is in a heated Democrat-on-Democrat battle for a California Senate seat, suggested President Obama backed her opponent because they’re both black. Obama endorsed Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general, over Sanchez earlier this week in the race to replace retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).Obama praised Harris, a longtime political ally of his, as a “lifelong courtroom prosecutor” who “fights for us.” But Sanchez on Friday said race may have had something to do with the endorsement. “I think they have, what he said they have, is a friendship of many years. She is African American, as is he,” Sanchez said in an interview on Univision 19 in Sacramento. When initially responding to the endorsement, Sanchez accused Obama of being part of the nation’s “entrenched political establishment.”

Source: Dem suggests race factored into Obama Senate endorsement | TheHill

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