Dem Drops Leadership Bid Amid Legal Trouble
The Washington Free Beacon's Joe Schoffstall reports:
Sanchez's husband, James Sullivan, allegedly misused federal funds for the likes of expensing trips to the Kentucky Derby and to Key West, Fla., Politico reports.
"Earlier today, I learned that my husband is facing charges in Connecticut," Sanchez said yesterday. "After careful consideration of the time and energy being in leadership demands, I have decided that my focus now needs to be on my son, my family, and my constituents in California."
Sanchez's husband was one of five individuals with ties to a Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Corporation that steered more than $800,000 in funds to personal trips without the board voting or approval from member towns, which is required.
The money was used for personal trips, private airfare, sporting event tickets, gifts, golf fees, lavish hotel accommodations, and meals.
Sanchez is the current vice chair of the Democratic caucus. In a press release announcing the decision to suspend her campaign, she attempted to explain away the decision on a benign-sounding "family matter."