Mike Honda is no longer a DNC vice chair

After a more-contentious-than-usual election of the Democratic National Committee’s officers, Rep. Mike Honda is no longer a vice-chairman.

The LA Times has a good report on how “chaos reigned for a time as DNC members balked at rubber-stamping a White House-approved list of replacements for several veterans of the pre-Obama era.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., won another term as chairwoman of the national party as expected, but some lower-level offices changed hands. DNC sources tell me Honda, D-San Jose, had wanted to stay on as one of the vice-chairs but stepped aside when he saw the writing on the wall, and freshman Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii – whom Honda was helping raise campaign funds just months ago – now holds the post instead.

“The honor and distinct pleasure of serving for nine years in DNC leadership, at the request of the President and the Democratic Party, is one that I am now thrilled to see bestowed on an increasingly diverse Democratic National Committee helm,” Honda said by email this afternoon.

“Having pounded the political pavement for the President and the Party in over 35 states, I step down as vice-chair deeply satisfied with the diversity of color and creed that has entered our ranks,” he added. “As DNC leaders, we accomplished a great deal in this last decade, leaving Congress, and the White House, more diverse than ever before. The new Democratic leadership aptly reflects the new America and I look forward to working with them, as ardently as ever, to champion and campaign our democratic cause.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • Elwood

    Honda is not diverse?

    How does that work?

    Mysterious dimmiecrats!

  • Elwood

    It would appear that the relevant question here is “What have you done for ME, Barack Hussein Obama?”

    Some say that our leader is an egotistic narcissist.

    But surely they’re wrong.

    He is, after all, the chosen one.

  • GV Haste

    Honda “I step down as vice-chair deeply satisfied with the diversity of color and creed that has entered our ranks,”

    As a resident of the Bay Area, where it would seem that 3 out of 4 legislators, supervisors, city council persons, and school board members are “diverse”, can we get to a point we don’t have to keep running “diversity” up the flag pole.

    It seems that the only citizens who qualify as non-diverse elected officials are now straight white male Christians.
    What, they make up about 25% of all local office holders?

    Most of us no longer keep track of such stuff, but there goes the “talking points” Honda and others still trying to make more diversity a goal.

    Locally, diversity has jumped-the-shark.

  • bel

    Mike Honda leaves DNC on a high note! He is proud that one of the people he supported so strongly during her campaign will follow in his footsteps at the DNC, and he urged all of the DNC members to support her, as DNC members have supported him in the past. Mike Honda, as Vice chair of the DNC accomplished a lot: he criss-crossed the country helping all Democratic candidates, including Asian American and Pacific Islander candidates; helping them campaign, encouraging them to continue on; and helping them raise funds for their campaigns. He also helped create a pipeline of young Democrats, ready to take on the mantle of leadership in the future. Proof of the pudding is that in this Congress 5 new AAPI COngressional Members and one new AAPI Woman Senator joined the ranks of the Freshman Class of the 113th Congress! Today we celebrate Congressman Honda’s contributions and we strongly supporthis 2014 race as the incumbent member of his district!!

  • Maeley Tom

    The face of Asian Americans in this country was led by Congressman Mike Honda for the past decade. His mantra was always to help build a leadership team that can continue all of his efforts to empower an ethnic commmunity that continues to fight for parity in this country. So I am not surprised that Mike would welcome a new API face to carry the banner in the DNC while enabling Mike to continue his outstanding work in helping this administration in Congress and making sure the voice of his constituents in his district is heard. That’s what leadership is about. Not party titles.

  • RR senile columnist

    Mike Honda, the Enlightened One, no more represents diversity in Congress than he does in California. He is a lock-step liberal who happens to be of Asian ancestry.