The unveiling of the annual political holiday card

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2011

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2008

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2007

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2006

Loretta Sanchez

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2004

The Canadian Embassy

Holiday card from the Canadian Embassy, 2011

Monica Garcia

Monica Garcia's holiday card, 2011

Dianne Feinstein

Holiday card from U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Eric Garcetti

Holiday card from LA City Council President Eric Garcetti, 2011.

Gray Davis

Former governor Gray Davis's holiday card, 2011

Wendy Greuel

Wendy Greuel's family holiday card, 2011

Brian C. Johnon

California politician Brian C. Johnson's holiday greeting card, 2011

Mary Bono Mack

Rep. Mary Bono Mack Christmas greeting, 2011

Mary Bono Mack

Rep. Mary Bono Mack Hanukkah greeting, 2011


There’s a joke in Los Angeles that everyone’s holiday card includes a picture of themselves with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a man who seems to have posed with the entire population of the city. Even radio station KNX has a shot of His Honor with their holiday ficus tree. Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez has a holiday card tradition of her own. But something is missing this year.

Washington is a pretty uptight town. And Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s tongue-in-cheek pictures of herself with her cat, Gretzky, on a motorcycle or wearing a hockey mask have been viewed with a bit of snobby amusement. Nonetheless, it’s a D.C. holiday tradition to wait to see what’s on this year’s card.

But Gretzky passed away a year ago. So the congresswoman from Anaheim did what any politician would do: She took a poll to find out what folks wanted on this year’s card. Sanchez says the answer was universal: People said they want tradition. We’re like, well, what does that mean?" Sanchez says what they meant was “we want Gretzky. We want Gretzky, we want Gretzky, we want Gretzky!”

And so, this year, the congresswoman posed in front of a Christmas tree with her new husband Jack. And all the ornaments on the tree bear the likeness of the furry white cat everybody loves.

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