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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.