As Ro Khanna – the former Obama administration official who announced last week that he’ll challenge fellow Democrat Mike Honda in 2014 – prepares for his first public campaign event, Honda has announced he’s been endorsed by 34 other California House Democrats.
In a news release issued Thursday, Honda said he and his House endorsers “are working with President Obama to help create jobs, improve our schools, and ensure California’s continued leadership in technology and innovation. I’m eager to continue this work and grateful to have the support of my colleagues.”
It’s just the latest in a series of high-profile endorsements that Honda has rolled out in the first few months of this year, including that of President Obama.
Swalwell’s absence isn’t so surprising, given he just won his office by ignoring the party’s wishes and unseating veteran Rep. Pete Stark in 2012 much as Khanna hopes to do to Honda in 2014. In fact, Swalwell should be quite pleased that Khanna is running against Honda in the 17th Congressional District; Khanna initially had hoped to succeed Stark in the 15th Congressional District after his expected retirement in 2014, and some thought he might challenge Swalwell instead.
Eshoo’s absence from Honda’s list of endorsers seems more remarkable, given her district’s Silicon Valley similarities to Honda’s.
Khanna, meanwhile, is planning a “Rally with Ro” for 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sunken Garden on DeAnza College’s campus, 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Cupertino. The event “will bring together community residents and key campaign supporters to hear Ro’s forward-looking vision for the district,” his campaign says.
He’s positioning himself as a younger, more-tech savvy alternative to Honda with a better appreciation of Silicon Valley’s needs; watch for a speech that touches on tax and regulatory policies that would foster innovation and job creation, and education polices that would produce a tech-trained workforce.