Brian Walsh

Currently represented by Democrat incumbent Loretta Sanchez, California’s 47th Congressional District covers half of Santa Ana and most of the cities of Garden Grove and Anaheim, all of which are located in Orange County. The 47th is one of the few districts in California that does not have an overwhelming majority of voters favoring one political party. George W. Bush won the district in 2004, as well as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. However, in recent elections the district has also supported Democratic state senators and voted for Barack Obama in 2008.

Democrat incumbent Loretta Sanchez has her work cut out for her. Sanchez has a very liberal record which will be hard to defend in a moderate district, during an anti-incumbent year when voters are tired of Democrats’ reckless spending sprees and failed economic policies. While unemployment in California has risen to 12.4%, Sanchez has made her real priority clear – consistently supporting Nancy Pelosi’s misguided healthcare bill, her party’s runaway spending spree and a failed trillion-dollar stimulus. In a midterm election that is proving to be GOP-friendly, Sanchez’s out-of-touch voting record demonstrates her failure to effectively represent her constituents and gives Republicans a prime opportunity to put this seat in the Republican column.

In contrast, Republican candidate Van Tran represents the common sense fiscally responsible policies that America needs to get back on track.  Van Tran stands for limited government and cutting back spending. His priorities include lowering the national debt and creating jobs, lowering taxes on burdened Americans, supporting our troops overseas, and protecting senior citizens. The first Vietnamese-American in any state legislature, Van Tran aims to bring “character and integrity” back to Congress and protect the next generation with fiscally responsible economic policies--instead of bailouts and reckless overspending. In addition to serving in the Assembly, Van is proud of his extensive community involvement, such as his role as Vice Chairman of the Orange County-based El Capitan District of the Boy Scouts of America.

This fall, California voters can make a difference by electing Van Tran to Congress and taking back a Republican seat. I hope you will check out Tran’s website and Twitter accounts to stay informed on the latest news and updates from his campaign.


Brian Walsh

Brian Walsh is the Political Director of the National Republican Congressional Committee.