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“I share Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez’s sentiment about the lack of respect afforded to women members of the Hispanic Caucus,” Solis said in a statement. “If the Hispanic Caucus is to be truly representative of the Latino community, it must give equal treatment to all its members, regardless of gender or seniority.” The women have demanded that Baca apologize for the insult – he allegedly referred to Sanchez as a “whore” – which he denies ever having uttered. In a letter issued Feb. 2, Baca states that in his short time as chairman of the group, he has furthered leadership positions for women in the caucus by appointing several female members to important task force chairmanships. He has admitted in published reports to having called Solis a “kiss-up” to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. Baca publicly apologized for the remark. Three unnamed male members have threatened to quit the caucus if Solis and Linda Sanchez leave – their departure would reduce the number of women in the caucus to three. The internecine battle has led to marathon closed-door sessions among caucus members about possible reforms to the group’s leadership structure. The leadership of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus could get a makeover after one Southland congresswoman quit the caucus and two other local representatives threatened to resign. Members of the caucus, an informal group formed in 1976 to advance issues affecting Latinos, will continue closed-door discussions this week stemming from allegations by female members that they have been discriminated against by the group’s male chairman. Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, left the caucus last month after alleging that Chairman Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, made a disparaging remark about her during a conversation with California Latino lawmakers last summer. Since then, Sanchez’s sister, Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Cerritos, and Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, have also threatened to quit the 21-member caucus. An aide for Solis has said that discussions include possibly splitting the chairmanship into three posts, each focused on different policy areas. Baca did not return calls seeking comment on the possibility of a three-chairmanhip leadership format. Such a move – which would mirror the multiple-chairmanship structure of the conservative Blue Dog Democrats – might work to the caucus’s advantage, said David Menefee-Libey, professor of politics at Pomona College. “It would depend on the quality of leadership by the new co-chairs,” Menefee-Libey said. “If the policy focus enables them to pull their colleagues together and present a unified point of view, then it is all for the better.” He added that any multiple chairmanships would likely be divided along regional, ethnic and gender lines. Most caucus members are of Mexican-American and Puerto Rican descent. Jim Dau, a spokesman for Rep. Linda Sanchez, would not comment on the nature of the reforms being considered by the caucus. “We have some pretty big things coming up, and frankly this caucus discussion is distracting us from the important work before us,” Dau said. California Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, said female politicians must always be prepared to face discrimination head-on. “I am the highest ranking woman in the state Legislature, and I know I have been called every name in the book,” Romero said. “Smashing the glass ceiling is not easy, but we don’t move forward by calling each other names, or resigning. We move forward by standing our ground and fighting. “I am a member of the Latino Caucus in the Senate, and some of us can make a case for disrespect toward women here,” she added. “But we don’t get anywhere when we take our marbles and go home.” email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!