Jeff McDonald
By Jeff McDonald |
Sept. 8, 2016 – 5 p.m. |
Sept. 9, 2016 – Updated 7:37 a.m.

Congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate Loretta Sanchez called Thursday for a federal takeover of the criminal investigation into the California Public Utilities Commission from her political rival, Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Sanchez, an Orange County Democrat who is trailing Harris in most polls, said instead of protecting Southern California and its residents, Harris is defending a plan to bury 3 million pounds of radioactive waste from the failed San Onofre nuclear plant on the San Diego County coastline for decades to come.

“She would rather protect her cronies than the people of California,” Sanchez said. “She’s done nothing, basically, and the consumers have been left holding the bag.”

The plant closed prematurely in January 2012, and the utilities commission’s administration of $4.7 billion in shutdown costs has played into Harris’ investigation of backchannel dealings with energy company executives.

Sanchez claimed that Harris has conflicts of interest in investigating state regulators while representing state officials in lawsuits over public records.

The Harris campaign issued a statement saying Sanchez was misleading voters.

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