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Honda’s endorsers & Khanna’s ‘digital advocates’

By Josh Richman
Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 at 2:44 pm in 2014 primary, Assembly, California State Senate, Darrell Steinberg, Gavin Newsom, John Chiang, John Perez, Kamala Harris, Mike Honda, Tom Torlakson, U.S. House.

The battle for the 17th Congressional District continues as Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, rolls out a new batch of endorsements and Democratic challenger Ro Khanna fires up his digital grassroots.

honda.jpgHonda on Tuesday announced the endorsements of state Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, Assembly Speaker John Perez, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, Controller John Chiang, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Board of Equalization member Betty Yee, and 14 current and former state lawmakers. He’d previously announced he has Attorney General Kamala Harris’ endorsement, while Khanna last month announced he has Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s nod.

Perez said Honda “has been a thoughtful and effective leader, with a distinguished track record of bringing both parties together to find solutions for the very difficult challenges facing our country. Our state is lucky to have such a phenomenal representative fighting for us in Congress, and I am proud to support him for reelection.”

And Torlakson said Honda “is working to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in our classrooms, which will provide our children with a 21st century education and keep our country a leader in the global economy. I am proud to support Mike’s campaign for Congress and look forward to continue working with him to ensure that each and every child has the opportunity to get a quality education.”

Honda said he’s grateful for the state officials’ support: “We will continue working together for quality jobs, good schools, and a bright future for California’s families.”

Ro KhannaMeanwhile, Khanna is continuing his effort to “bridge the gap of digital and traditional involvement” by inviting people to become “digital advocates” to spread word of his campaign throughout Silicon Valley. The campaign’s first digital training for volunteers is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, May 7, at 43255 Mission Blvd. in Fremont; more trainings will be held in the coming months.

And Khanna will hold a meet-and-greet to answer district residents’ questions at noon this Friday, May 10, at 3333 Bowers Ave., Suite 130 in Santa Clara.

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  • GV Haste

    Assembly Speaker Perez, May 7, 2013

    “Perez said Honda “has been a thoughtful and effective leader, with a distinguished track record of bringing both parties together to find solutions for the very difficult challenges facing our country. Our state is lucky to have such a phenomenal representative fighting for us in Congress, and I am proud to support him for reelection.”
    ——————————————————

    Assembly Speaker John Perez, January 6th, 2012

    Prior to his later endorsement of Mary Hayashi, after her court plea and sentencing, he said…

    “I am confident that with the close of these proceedings, she will continue to ably serve her constituents with the same talent and passion she has displayed throughout her time in office.

  • Bluecollar voter.

    I recall many of these same politicians endorsing elderly Pete Stark for Congress in 2012, the endorsements didn’t help. Voters are pretty smart, they were aware that Pete Stark had become a fossil – he was 81 – and many were well aware Stark was refusing to retire gracefully. He was way, way over the hill, everybody knew it, but the politicians – like the ones endorsing Honda here – were all falling all over themselves to endorse Stark. Incumbents always win, that was the thinking of these career politicians.
    Another thing voters noticed – besides the fact Stark had become ancient – he had been a member of Congress for 38 years – is that half of the food stamp recipients in the US live in California, they noticed California has chronic 10% unemployment figures, as much as 30% under-employment as well. Voters – quite logically – decided now was not the time to re-elect a Congressman who was so old he couldn’t put in more than a two hour day. Voters, I think, are often smarter than these career politicians, let me tell you.
    Logically, given the current state of the California economy – many people are desperate to work – you want to have a Representative who is working 75 hours a week trying to jump start or jawbone the employment situation, anyway they can. I recall reading – in the Times a few weeks ago – 4800 people applied for 180 low paying state jobs in Concord, they were crummy call center jobs. That story gives you an idea of how bad the employment market is for many people. People are desperate to work.
    Once again – in the Khana- Honda race – voters – like they did in Stark-Swalwel race – will get a chance to give a thumbs up or down on the logic of re-electing elderly Mike Honda – who will be 74 when he runs for re-election to the 17th district. Honda, like Stark, can claim things are going great – he can claim he’s doing a terrific job – but the employment figures aren’t showing this. The California economy – once the envy of every state in the US – stinks, and many are blaming our clue-less do-nothing political leadership for this. That leadership, of course, includes many of the incumbent politicians endorsing Honda.
    I myself like this Rho Khanna fellow who is defying the political leadership by running in the 17th district. He’s a young guy – like Eric Swalwell, he’s got new ideas on how to grow California economy, innovative ideas. He even has got ideas on how to put blue collar workers back to work. Given the state of the California economy – the sheer number of workers unemployed or underemployed is just staggering – you can’t justify rubber stamping the rel-election of elderly Mike Honda. You’ve got to look at new leadership, you need people in office who can turn the state around.

  • Elwood

    “Khanna last month announced he has Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s nod.”

    Now THERE’S a pair to draw to!

    (How many is that, Josh?)

  • http://sanleandrotalk.voxpublica.org/ Marga

    Thank you, Bluecollar voter, for illustrating what the training will cover.

    Elwood: now you have your definition of what a “shill” is. And really, if you are going be shilling, having some training so as to not be too obvious is not a bad idea. Bluecollar should go.

  • MBS135

    I attended Ro Khanna’s awesome Digital Advocacy training last night in Fremont and loved it!

  • Elwood

    MBS135 Says:
    May 8th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Try not to get too excited.

  • Elwood

    Marga Says:

    “I’m not a shill, you’re a shill!”

    Reminiscent of that great playground retort, “I’m not a big poopyface, YOU’RE a big poopyface!”

  • MichaelB

    @2

    “Given the state of the California economy – the sheer number of workers unemployed or underemployed is just staggering – you can’t justify rubber stamping the rel-election of elderly Mike Honda. You’ve got to look at new leadership, you need people in office who can turn the state around.”

    Can you justify rubber stamping someone advocating the same thing the left wing of his party leadership wants/has been doing? “Government investments” (spending) with special tax credits/treatment (only if you do what the government wants you to do) and somehow expecting a different result?

    Khanna supports the Obama health care plan (that creates incentives for business to hire part time workers/has increased insurance premiums) that we had to “pass to see what’s in it”? Since when has a government entitlement program “saved money”?

    California, according to CEO magazine, has one of the worst business climates in the nation due to litigation, taxes, regulations, demands from organized labor groups, etc. Anything going to be done about this?

  • JohnW

    @8 MichaelB

    “Given the state of the California economy etc.”

    We all have a great time debating each other here, but if you live in Contra Costa County and want to make a difference, I urge you to e-mail your representative on the Board of Supervisors and tell him or her to appoint somebody who is fiscally competent and responsible to replace Maria Theresa Viramontes on the county employee retirement board. The BOS is vetting candidates now. See the link to the CC Times editorial on this.

    http://www.contracostatimes.com/editorial/ci_23157581/contra-costa-times-editorial-contra-costa-supervisors-face

    I politely e-mailed my representative, Candace Anderson, about this and received an immediate reply assuring me that she would vote to appoint somebody who won’t continue giving away the store and undermining last year’s pension reform law. My concern is some of the other, less fiscally minded supervisors.

    This is one time when the conservatives on this blog will surely agree with me.

  • RR Senile Columnist

    Judge Marga, cit. 24: Puertorriquenos are US citizens regardless of where they reside. They need no permission to settle in Calif., N.Y. or Alaska from you or anybody else.

  • Publius

    RE#9

    I followed your lead and wrote an email to my Supervisor (Mitchoff). I also informed my City Council and urged them to contact her as well. Still waiting for a response. I think Mitchoff is a union supporter so I don’t think it will matter, but it is a good idea none the less. Thank you!

  • Elwood

    @ Publius #11

    Mitchoff is, like the majority of the CCBOS, bought and paid for by the unions, particularly the public employee unions.

  • JohnW

    @12

    The BOS is going to look really bad if they appoint another union stooge to the pension board.

    As somebody who is center-left, I have never understood how politicians think it is “liberal” to rob funds for government services to pay the hired help retirement benefits that go way beyond what is required to attract and retain good people, and that are far more generous than even 1970′s style traditional defined benefit pensions. Well, I understand it. There is no arms-length collective bargaining.