An “unexpected family matter” has moved Rp. Linda Sanchez to recall her bid as chair of the House Democratic Caucus.
This appears to be in response to her husband, James Sullivan’s indictment over charges of theft and conspiracy. Sullivan was formerly the board chairman of Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative.
A private entity, CMEEC has received over $9 million from the U.S. Department of Energy. Problems arose however, when it was discovered that roughly $800,000 worth of CMEEC funds was going to less than business events and places like the Kentucky Derby.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Sullivan and his co-defendants are charged with spending public funds without permission for private chartered flights, first-class hotel stays, tickets to sporting events and other gifts for themselves and their families.
After the accusations became public Sanchez told her peers: “an unexpected family matter requiring my attention compels me to withdraw my name as a candidate for Chair of the Democratic Caucus.”
She followed that with an issued statement, “Earlier today I learned that my husband is facing charges in Connecticut. 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.”