Well, she's a lawyer, a profession which many people have a knee-jerk negative response to. Also a foreign-born immigrant, and a self-identified feminist, and holds a spectrum of other political beliefs that would have been classified as "far left" even before the current political climate that classifies anyone left of Hitler as "far left". Oh I should also mention the fact that she has discovered, later in life, that she is actually a Jew. Or at least, is very likely a Jew. Despite being brown skinned and not in any way meeting the standard ethnic stereotypes. They say the term is "crypto Jew". That's how it went undiscovered for the last few generations.
So yes you are right, she has a negative connotation. And another, and another.
But we were talking about septic vs sepsis, not my mom.