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Oh, Baby! Big News for Rep. Sanchez


Rep. Linda Sanchez and her unofficial fiance Jim Sullivan (Photo courtesy of Rep. Linda Sanchez.)

Linda Sanchez has always stood out a bit in Congress.

The SoCal Democrat is by far the House's finest comedian -- sharing wacky tales of dating life on the charity stand-up circuit -- and, along with Rep. Loretta Sanchez, part of the body's first sister act.

Now, she's poised to become only the eighth congresswoman in history to have a baby while in office -- and the first to do so while single.

Sanchez, 39, announced in yesterday's Los Angeles Times that she's expecting her first child May 21. The father is her beau of a year and a half, Jim Sullivan, 43, a government affairs consultant from Connecticut. The pregnancy was planned and very much welcomed.

The two are "unofficially engaged," she says, and looking to buy a house. They will plan a wedding later -- but at her age, she says, planning a baby couldn't wait.

Let's just say it: Have times changed, or what! A decade or so ago, this might have been a political career-killer. In 1992, Dan Quayle used the "Murphy Brown" single-mom story line to kick off a public debate about family values. Today, we predict that Sanchez's story will mostly draw shrugs -- and warm congratulations.

"I did wonder how it would be received," Sanchez acknowledged. Then came the Bristol Palin story, which drew surprisingly little backlash, even from conservative voters. "We've evolved as a society so much. The reality of single working moms is such a powerful reality."

"I'm not a high school kid, it wasn't an accident, I'm financially stable, in a committed relationship," she told us. "All the reasons for worrying about bringing a child into the world don't exist here."

Sanchez, who is divorced, always wanted kids; at 38, she pondered doing it on her own. A year later, she was dating "Sully," as she calls him. At her annual exam this year, her doctor said, "If you're planning on doing this, I wouldn't wait." Her boyfriend, also divorced and the father of three young boys, agreed.

"Probably the second month in, I bought a basal body thermometer," which predicts the optimal time for conception. "I could never figure it out." The long-distance relationship also posed a challenge. In September, she got the good news. "I can't tell you how fortunate I feel we were to be able to do this naturally," without fertility treatments, she said.

They waited to announce, she said, not because of her reelection but to get past the high-risk first trimester. So far the reaction has been positive. Reps. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who had a son in May, and Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), due next month, have offered advice.

Might she be a married congressmom by the time the baby arrives? Probably not. Both she and Sully come from big families, and "I want the big wedding," she said, "That's going to take some time to plan."

By The Reliable Source  |  November 21, 2008; 1:04 AM ET
 
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"I did wonder how it would be received," Sanchez acknowledged. Then came the Bristol Palin story, which drew surprisingly little backlash, even from conservative voters. "We've evolved as a society so much. The reality of single working moms is such a powerful reality."
"I'm not a high school kid, it wasn't an accident, I'm financially stable, in a committed relationship," she told us. "All the reasons for worrying about bringing a child into the world don't exist here."

Sanchez, who is divorced, always wanted kids; at 38, she pondered doing it on her own. A year later, she was dating "Sully," as she calls him. At her annual exam this year, her doctor said, "If you're planning on doing this, I wouldn't wait." Her boyfriend, also divorced and the father of three young boys, agreed."


Hmmmm: they could "plan" a baby but not a "marriage" before having the baby? And naturally, somehow Palin has to figure into the blurb...part of the left's newest program: "Leave No Opportunity To Slam Sarah Palin Left Behind".

Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | November 21, 2008 7:58 AM | Report abuse

"I'm not a high school kid, it wasn't an accident, I'm financially stable, in a committed relationship," she told us. "All the reasons for worrying about bringing a child into the world don't exist here."


All good reasons why you should have handled this better and not be bragging about being a single mother. If you are in a "committed relationship" then COMMIT! You are a public figure and a role model. You think that girls/women in less lucrative positions will see the difference? You should know some shame, I'm sure that your parents do.

Posted by: familynet | November 21, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Wow, flashback from the 1950s!

Who said they aren't committed? And, what the hell does it matter to you people?

Yet another sign some of us haven't quite evolved.

Posted by: cbr1 | November 21, 2008 9:33 AM | Report abuse

"Yet another sign some of us haven't quite evolved."

Well, even your Fearless Leader Obambi (who I know you support)advocates marriage (meaning between a man and a woman) before birthing, especially in "the black community".


http://jezebel.com/363199/barack-obama-used-to-think-marriage-was-a-meaningless-institution-etc-etc


Posted by: nickthimmeschearthlinknet | November 21, 2008 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Wow, flashback from the 1950s!

Who said they aren't committed? And, what the hell does it matter to you people?

Yet another sign some of us haven't quite evolved.

Posted by: cbr1 | November 21, 2008 9:33 AM
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Gee where should we start?
Well, if you would care to notice,
Most all children in foster care come from single parent homes.
Most of those in poverty level come from single parent homes.
Most of those with chronic health conditions come from single parent homes.
Most of those is prison/jail come from single parent homes.
Most of those with addiction/alcohol problems are in single parent homes.
Most pregnant teens come from single parent homes.
Most chronically unemployed/underemployed come from single parent homes.
Etc., etc., etc. Look at the U.S. Census figures and similar govt. stats to verify these truths.

Yes, I know that the congresswoman is wealthy enough to handle these matters, BUT she is from a congressional district in S. Cal. (Hawaiin Gardens area) that is with a high poverty rate and poor graduation rates (oh, that's another one to throw on the list above). AND with far too many never married parents.

So might think that these scenarios will someday be made into a "Happy Days" type of show, but I sincerely doubt it!

Posted by: familynet | November 21, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Sanchez=typical Latina (unmarried and pregnant and on the government dole). She ought to resign from her office immediately and apply for a job with an abortion clinic after first having an abortion.

Posted by: tucanofulano | November 21, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Sanchez=typical Latina (unmarried and pregnant and on the government dole). She ought to resign from her office immediately and apply for a job with an abortion clinic after first having an abortion.

Posted by: tucanofulano | November 21, 2008 10:41 AM
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I hope this person meant the comment as satire and not as racism, but regardless this is the posting that should be seen by the congresswoman. Why? Because this is the perception of her (and mine) race for which she is contributing.

What particularly irks me is how cavalierly she is publicizing her pregnancy. She might be the funny one on the Hill, but out-of-wedlock babies is not a funny topic in the Mexican-American community. However, the poster is Wrong...most Latinas are married when they have children and they work too hard to depend on the govt. system to survive as do their families.

Posted by: familynet | November 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

I get the big families on both sides, want to have a big party thing, but sheesh, why not have a small, simple wedding before the baby comes, and then a big party after, if she still wants one? Make that committed-in-feeling relationship a truly committed one? Or with all the resources at her command, even do the big wedding now. It's not impossible to plan one in a hurry. Does she honestly think that planning a big wedding is somehow going to be *easier* once the baby arrives? If so, she needs to talk to someone, stat, about the realities of time and energy that a newborn will demand.

Posted by: WiseOldWoman | November 24, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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