Congresswoman Linda Sánchez. Courtesy photo
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez. Courtesy photo

Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Norwalk, the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, will be joined by other members of the group in speaking Monday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The caucus aims to address national and international issues and the impact these policies have on the Hispanic community.

Monday’s other scheduled speakers include first lady Michelle Obama and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The day’s theme is “United Together: Putting Families First.”

Rep. Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park, and fellow members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which she chairs, are scheduled to speak Wednesday when the theme is “Working Together: A Clear Choice.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti and his predecessor Antonio Villaraigosa are among the other scheduled speakers at the four-day convention that begins today, but the dates they will be speaking have not been announced.

Dates have also not been announced for four other Los Angeles-area elected officials who the Democratic National Committee announced last week would be speaking at the convention — Reps. Xavier Becerra, Ted Lieu, Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters.

Democrats hoping to unite behind presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her running mate Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia will also have to deal with a fresh email scandal. Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced that she will resign as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee after the convention.

The announcement comes amid fallout from the exposure of hacked DNC emails, one of which appeared to show staffers discussing how they could weaken support for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — Clinton’s primary opponent — by raising questions about his religious faith. Wasserman Schultz has been an outspoken supporter of Clinton’s campaign from the beginning.

DNC Vice Chair and CNN political commentator Donna Brazile will take over for Wasserman Schultz on an interim basis.

–City News Service

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