CA17: Mike Honda sings; Ro Khanna in ‘War Room’

Rep. Mike Honda, facing a 2014 challenge from a well-funded fellow Democrat, is willing to sing for his supper – or, at least, to help fill his campaign coffers.

“Congressman Mike Honda is a master on the karaoke mic. Everyone from DC to California’s 17th Congressional District knows it. SF does too,” reads an invitation to the next fundraising event for Honda, D-San Jose. “Let’s celebrate Mike’s re-election effort by joining together for some fun, drink, and embarrassment on Friday, August 16th at Pandora Karaoke Bar in San Francisco! (If you don’t sing, don’t worry – come anyway!)”

The host committee includes former Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco; San Francisco Democratic Party executive director Ally Medina; and several others. Tickets for this “On the Mic with Mike” event cost from $45 to $1,000, but there’s no mention of how much you can pay to avoid listening to these folks sing.

Meanwhile, challenger Ro Khanna will be busy Friday night holding his umpteenth meet-and-greet at a private home in Cupertino; on Saturday, his campaign will be going door-to-door in Fremont, Milpitas, Cupertino and Sunnyvale.

Khanna is coming off a high-exposure week that started with his appearance on Current TV’s “The War Room:”

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.

  • Elwood

    Current TV is still on the air?

    Who knew?

    ” Bill Press stated on his radio show that August 15, 2013 will be the last day of Current TV programing.” –Wikipedia

    I guess Ro will have to look for a new channel. Perhaps he can appear on Current TV’s successor channel Al Jazeera America.

  • RR Senile Columnist

    Elwood is right. Al Jazeera is coming! RoK will be high on the guest list. That’s according to spokesman Sum Ting Wong.

  • Cordelia

    Interesting race to watch. This is exactly what California voters wanted when they voted for top two open primary. Ro is knocking on doors, meeting the constituents on daily basis and utilizing social media big time. Honda should take this challenger seriously and looks like, he is. I can’t wait to see what voters of CD17 decide.
    btw, what is wrong in being on Al Jazeera’s guest list?

  • BlueCollarVoter

    I agree with Cordelia, this new top two open primary system – which is leading to contested Congressional seats such as what’s going on in the 17th in the Honda-Khanna race – is the kind of things voters had in mind when they scrapped the old system. No more life-time Congressional seats for ineffective members (see Mike Honda, Pete Stark, Lynne Woolsey), produce for your constituents or you get forced into retirement like Woolsey, or get beat like Pete Stark. I think the closed primary system also kept embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner in his Congressional seat for many years, I was reading the Washington Post the other day and that paper said Filner was head-locking women in DC who worked in his office – or trying to – but people in DC looked the other way, including Nancy Pelosi’s top operatives.
    In the Honda-Khanna race Mike Honda is going to have to answer to voters for all these unsolved problems that have been festering, festering due to the hyper-partisanship in DC. The big thing for me is the following; Where are the jobs? Why are US wages so flat? Why are all the new jobs paying just 10 bucks an hour? This has been going on for a decade – downward mobility for so many – the good job you had disappears so you take crappy job, or maybe you never get a job at all, Mike Honda has no answer to this downward mobility going on for US workers, neither did Pete Stark, or Lynne Woolsey.
    The way to turn our economic system around – to get US economy on the right course – is to get new leadership in Congress, out with the partisan hacks, and in with a new generation of problem solvers. That’s why I am backing this Ro Khanna, this guy will be the kind of change agent you need in Congress.

  • Elwood

    @ Blue Collar Voter

    It is so obvious that you are a paid hack.

    Your efforts are pathetic.

    You should write a new song.

  • BlueCollarVoter

    #5 Elwood, I am favor of getting some new blood in the NorCal Congressional delegation, as are many others, including a lot of younger voters. You had too many older members – some of whom are not doing much with the seats they hold. Former Representative Lynne Woolsey – pressured into retirement by party leaders and Pete Stark – recently ousted by voters in the 15th – they were semi-retired in their final terms, doing little or no work, they just took up space in Congress. Behind the scene efforts were made to get Stark to retire by party leaders and labor leaders too, but the 81 year old Stark liked the perks and benefits of being in House – if not the work – and wouldn’t leave, so voters in the 15th kicked him out. Same deal with the elderly Honda – he apparently has ignored hints from leadership to retire gracefully – he likes the perks and benefits of the job, even if he’s lousy as it.
    Voters in the 17th – especially the out-of-work, and the underemployed – need a local Congressman that’s good at his job, that has good ideas on how to get California back on track from an economic standpoint. But also, this Ro Khanna is a young go getter -he will shake things up a little, you need bold leadership in Democratic Nor Cal delegation.
    In many ways what’s going on here is an inter-generational fight, the older members are refusing to retire, many plan – like Stark did – to serve in Congress into thier late 80’s and the 90’s, that’s my read on Honda. He won’t leave, he can make no case why he should stay, he’s been medicore Representative when he was younger ,now getting old, time to retire him.
    I am not a paid hack for anybody Elwood, it’s important to remain civil toward other bloggers, please have good manners.

  • Elwood

    “I am not a paid hack for anybody Elwood, it’s important to remain civil toward other bloggers, please have good manners.”

    Please bite me.

    You need to learn a new song.

  • Alcoahead

    @6 —

    Elwood is just jealous that YOU get paid to be a hack — something he obviously forgot to negotiate with his cronies at Faux Noise…

  • RR Senile Columnist

    These serial office-seekers are shockingly SILENT about the disgrace Filner has brought upon their party. Honda is a pimped Hyundai, maybe even a Yugo. As for RoK, I can’t wait to see him on Al Jazeera present his vision for world peace.