CA17: Khanna, Honda roll out more endorsements

Ro Khanna, the former Obama Administration official who’s challenging fellow Democrat Rep. Mike Honda in the 17th Congressional District, has opened a campaign office in Fremont and rolled out a list of endorsements from local elected officials.

Ro KhannaThe local elected officials endorsing Khanna, 36, of Fremont, include Cupertino Mayor Orrin Mahoney, Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves, former Newark Mayor Emeritus David Smith, Cupertino City Councilman Rod Sinks, Fremont Vice Mayor Anu Natarajan, Fremont City Councilmember Raj Salwan and Milpitas City Councilmembers Carmen Montano, Debbie Giordano and Althea Polansky.

“As Mayor of Cupertino, a homeowner in Cupertino for the past 30 years, and a Cupertino based Hewlett-Packard employee for 20 of those years, I am proud to support Ro Khanna because of his understanding of high tech issues and vision for creating jobs locally in a world of dynamic change,” Mahoney said in Khanna’s news release. “Ro understands Cupertino’s unique values of excellent education, parks and recreation, and responsive local government. I know he will partner with local leaders to help Cupertino remain a beacon for innovation and economic growth in the 21st century.”

honda.jpgHonda, 71, of San Jose, last week announced some endorsements of his own, from notable Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders including former White House Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu; retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Tony Taguba; Maya Soetoro-Ng, an educator and President Barack Obama’s half-sister; actor George Takei; actor Kal Penn, former associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; and TV host Yul Kwon, former deputy chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau.

“Over the past four years, I have worked closely with Mike Honda, and I have seen his commitment to providing greater economic opportunities for all Americans through investments in education and innovation,” Lu said in Honda’s news release. “I also have witnessed first-hand Mike’s commitment to the issues that matter to Asian American community – issues such as health care, immigration reform, and civil rights. Our nation needs more leaders like Mike Honda, and I am proud to endorse him for re-election.”

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.

  • GV Haste

    This will be a big election in terms of both effort and money. The biggest in all of California in 2014.

    It is unlikely that the winner will face a significant challenge two years later.
    Thus, we will be electing a representative for from 4 to 6 years into the future beginning that stretch from January 2015 through to at least January 2019, if not until January 2021.

    That is almost 6 to 8 years into the future.
    Yes, I know its not politically correct to bring up the issue of age, but in the shortest of those dates above, Honda is in office until age 77.
    In some instances, and in some districts that would be fine. However this district is in the heart of Silicon Valley, where that span of time is a generation of change. Where a congressman has to be on the tip of his toes, well versed in the needs of the thriving economic engine.

    In short, Toto, “we’re not in Kansas anymore”…
    This ain’t some farming community where the needed understanding of the issues changes at a pastoral pace over the decade.
    The problem is that even today, let alone in the years to come, Honda is already 2 steps behind understanding the issues that drive the district’s economy. He is simply awkward in tech and can hardly play a leading role, or command respect in DC on such complicated and fast moving issues.
    Simply put, he is of a prior generation regarding these issues. Much as I am, being past age 60.

    So, the question becomes, who will guide this district over the next 4 to 6 years?
    A man who will be playing catch up on technology or a person who is in his prime, and who knows the players and the business of this district?

    As to me being a shill… I do not live in the district and I’m not part of Ro’s team, nor will I be making any financial contributions in this race.
    Just a observer of Bay Area politics and the entrenched and sclerotic conditions that too often prevail when it comes to incumbents.
    We tend to keep these congress members long past their pull dates.
    Like allowing suppermarkets to re-package old meat and stick on a new pull date.

    Time for fresh meat. The health of our local economy demands such.

  • Elwood

    “As to me being a shill… I do not live in the district and I’m not part of Ro’s team”

    Funny that you feel the need to deny it.

  • GV Haste

    “Funny that you feel the need to deny it.”

    I know, I know, but as sure as night follows day, there will be someone coming her saying “for sure” that any post such as mine could ONLY come from a shill.

    Thus my prophylactic denial.

    Did it work? Or am I just using subterfuge and you have caught me red handed?

  • JohnW


    “Prophylactic denial.”

    That makes my day.

  • Elwood

    “Prophylactic denial.”

    GV did you steal that from Jay Carney?

  • JohnW


    If Jay Carney came up with that one, he would go up a few notches in my estimation. But I think GV came up with that on his own.

    In my day, prophylactic denial would have had a somewhat different set of meanings:

    What the pharmacist says to the 12 year old trying to buy Trojans.
    What the woman says to the guy who refuses to wear a Trojan.
    What the guy says to the woman who asks if he has protection.
    What the guy says when asked to submit to a paternity test.