MoveOn members endorse Mike Honda in CA17

MoveOn members in the 17th Congressional District have voted to endorse Rep. Mike Honda for re-election over Democratic challenger Ro Khanna, the grassroots liberal group announced Monday.

Honda “easily won a vote of MoveOn’s 15,934 members in the district, garnering more than 91 percent of votes cast, well above MoveOn’s two-thirds threshold for candidate endorsements in two-candidate races,” the group’s news release said.

Ilya Sheyman, MoveOn.org Political Action’s, executive director said members spoke “clearly and decisively for the progressive values that Rep. Mike Honda champions in the House of Representatives, including his strong support for Social Security.” Sheyman said MoveOn members “will put our substantial people power to work, mobilizing volunteers and bundling contributions to ensure Mike Honda remains the 17th District’s representative.”

Honda held a news conference last Wednesday in Fremont to call for eliminating the cap on payroll taxes that fund Social Security, and for expanding the program’s benefits to better reflect rising costs of living.

Honda said Monday he’s proud of the endorsement. “I will continue fighting hard in Congress on all fronts for the progressive values we need to strengthen our economy: from expanding social security, to improving our schools, to creating high quality jobs, to enacting comprehensive immigration reform and more.”

Khanna spokesman Tyler Law said the former Obama administration official’s campaign is “continuing to see incredible excitement from grassroots supporters across the Bay Area.

“In fact, since Ro announced his candidacy this past April, we have hosted meet-and-greets all around the 17th District, launched a robust digital program, and recruited volunteers throughout the community who are talking to their friends and neighbors about Ro’s forward-looking vision for creating good paying jobs and ensuring our kids receive a 21st century education and the tools they need to compete in a global economy,” Law said by e-mail. “It’s no wonder Ro has received the endorsements of local elected, technology, and small-business leaders from every corner of the district.”

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

    Mike Honda, locking down the “progressive” wing of the party. That should assure him of being one of the “top two”.

    Of course it will in no way secure him a majority in the real election come November.
    It might even work to his detriment.

    I guess you grab what you can and then hope lots of voters still want a incumbent. Always worked under the old system where Republicans, independents, and moderate Democrats had nowhere else to go.

    Will be a good election. The kind we should have been having that last 40 years if we had lived in a real democracy.
    Other parts of the country aren’t so lucky.

    Thank you Mr. Maldonado

  • RR senile columnist

    Who gives a crap? The Majority will tell Hyundai or RoK where to shove their “exciting new ideas.”

  • I just wrote a post about my reading of the race so far. Click on my name to read it.

  • GV Haste

    4. Marga, I think your post can be summed up in the following sentence

    “Honda is as reliable a progressive vote as you can possibly want in Washington. He may not have been particularly effective, but no progressive has been in the last decade. At least he votes the right way.”

    With Honda you get a vote. Not much else in the “effectiveness” department, but a solid “progressive” vote.

    I’m thinking a forward thinking district, where the economy depends on innovation, is looking for more than a seat-holder in congress.
    If Honda were to win in the face of a strong challenge, it is unlikely he would face another strong challenge in 2016.
    Thus, when you vote for him this time, know that he will probably be in office for at least another 4 years. From age 73.5 to age 77.5.

    Now, for a congressman whom you already suggest isn’t very effective, one can only imagine what his leadership and production will be over those later years. Yes, he’ll be a steady vote, but beyond that no one can expect him to turn into a effective or creative leader overnight while well into his seventies.

    Honda is hardly the type of leader that the center of Silicon Valley needs.
    A nice guy to be sure, but more of the grandfatherly type. Our aging Bay Area delegation doesn’t need more grandfathers and grandmothers.

    Why do we need to wait until these aging congress members show clear signs of disability (Stark) to consider replacing them?
    Why can’t they have sense enough to know when its time to call it a career?

    Four more years of Honda, I don’t think the district can afford sleepy, ineffective leadership that long.
    Not in this rapidly changing world.
    Look at outfits that even hesitate to change.
    Blackberry, HP, Sun, even Microsoft.

    The district needs a leader that sees well into the future and realizes the dangers of staying stuck in the past.

    Honda will do well enough in the primary to get the #1 or #2 position. His status as incumbent always draws a good number of Pavlovian votes.
    However in November, he stance as the “most progressive”, along with his clearly questionable effectiveness, won’t serve him well.

  • BlueCollarVoter

    It’s best for California workers – especially blue collar workers – to get rid of the under-performers in the NorCal Congressional delegation, like Mike Honda or Pete Stark, recently outsted by voters in the 15th district. We need Representatives that are focused on putting people back to work at decent wages, no more talk, we need action on the jobs front. This young Ro Khanna is an expert on cutting edge job strategies, he’s an expert on high tech field as well. Honda, like Pete Stark, or the departed Lynne Woolsey – have been asleep on the job for years, that’s why California leads the nation in food stamp caseload, California used to be the job engine of the US, now our state is known for it’s staggering welfare-food stamp caseload. I’m a conservative blue-collar Democrat, I want to see people put back to work – we need people back in the stores spending their paychecks, who has got a plan to put people back to work. Honda doesn’t – that’s for sure – he’s been asleep on job for years.
    Honda is talking about pie-in-the-sky plans to cut cap on social security, not going to happen, a bill like that will never see light off day in Congress, he is just wasting his time calling press conferences on this type of legislation. I work in a plant – I’m a blue collar worker – even I know Honda’s bill to cut cap is just a fantasy piece of legislation for somebody living in a fantasy land. You need people in the Nor Cal Congressional delegation who live in the real world, people who understand how the economy works, and have concrete ideas how to fix a broken economic system, In this race – Khanna vs. Honda, Khanna is the guy you want, especially if you are blue collar worker. Ro Khanna is a fighter for blue collar workers.

  • Elwood

    @ 4 & 5

    How much is Khanna paying you boys?


  • RR senile columnist

    Progs like the working class, they like to see them work. The only blue collar RoK knows is worn by the immigrant who cleans his office.

  • Marga

    GV, in the post 9/11 world, progressives have been completely ineffective at passing legislation. There is no reason to believe that Khanna would be any more successful than honda on areas like civil liberties and foreign policy.

  • RR senile columnist

    Note to progs: This country would be a pile of doodoo without the much-maligned Rich. I speak as a member in good standing of the petit bourgeois.