Conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday endorsed
Democrat Loretta Sanchez for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer.
Hewitt told his listeners it is the first time in his 16 years of national syndication he has endorsed a Democrat. But Hewitt really had no Republican option in the race since California's open primary system sends the top two vote-getters to the general election, and the heavily blue state gave both those positions to Democrats.
Sanchez has represented California's 46th congressional district since 1997 and is facing an uphill battle against California Attorney General Kamala Harris who is far ahead of her in the polls and has the endorsement of several top state Democrats, including Gov. Jerry Brown.
Hewitt said Sanchez will need Republican support to beat Harris, adding that Sanchez may be center-left, but is the better choice compared to Harris.
"You and I are not going to agree a lot, but occasionally, we're going to agree on Armed Services and some defense appropriation issues," Hewitt told Sanchez, who was a guest on his show. "I'm not going to agree with your opponent ever."
"I am an independent thinker, and that’s one of the things that the establishment of the Democratic Party up in San Francisco doesn’t like about me, is that I don’t necessarily vote party line, that I actually look at the issue, that I actually work across the aisle, that I have been elected 10 times in Republican Orange County, and that I have needed those Republican votes in order to be elected," Sanchez said.
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