Politics

The unveiling of the annual political holiday card

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Loretta Sanchez
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2011
Loretta Sanchez
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2008
Loretta Sanchez
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2007
Loretta Sanchez
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2006
Loretta Sanchez
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2004
Loretta Sanchez
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Holiday card from the Canadian Embassy, 2011
The Canadian Embassy
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Monica Garcia's holiday card, 2011
Monica Garcia
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Holiday card from U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Dianne Feinstein
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Holiday card from LA City Council President Eric Garcetti, 2011.
Eric Garcetti
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Former governor Gray Davis's holiday card, 2011
Gray Davis
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Wendy Greuel's family holiday card, 2011
Wendy Greuel
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
California politician Brian C. Johnson's holiday greeting card, 2011
Brian C. Johnon
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Rep. Mary Bono Mack Christmas greeting, 2011
Mary Bono Mack
Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez's holiday card, 2010
Rep. Mary Bono Mack Hanukkah greeting, 2011
Mary Bono Mack


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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.