CA17: Video of Khanna praising Honda in 2012

Rep. Mike Honda’s campaign is touting video of Democratic challenger Ro Khanna singing Honda’s praises at a party event in 2012:

“I do want to acknowledge our great congressional team that represents this area. We of course have Congressman Mike Honda, and I think everyone says good things about Congressman Honda. And the one thing that I can add, having been in Washington, is Congressman Honda of course is an outstanding representative for our area but he is also the one person in the entire United States Congress who, if there’s an issue concerning the Asian-American community anywhere, or if there’s an issue the administration wants to know about Asia, they go to Congressman Honda. So it’s a privilege to have him from this area.”

The video was shot in March 2012. Khanna – who amassed a huge campaign bankroll in late 2011 when people assumed he would be running to succeed Rep. Pete Stark in the 15th District – formally announced his candidacy challenging Honda in April 2013, although by then it had been the Bay Area’s worst-kept political secret for several months.

“His campaign touts that ‘Mike hasn’t changed.’ That’s exactly the problem, and it’s clear with this kind of silly attack,” Khanna spokesman Tyler Law said Thursday. “What the people of the 17th District don’t need is more stale, tired political games. They need, and deserve, a real debate about ideas for the future. That’s a debate Ro is ready to have. We hope Congressman Honda can ‘change’ enough to allow for that.”

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.

  • Marga

    This is what I wrote when I shared his video on my FB page:

    “Having endorsed Ro Khanna, I’m now sharing a video posted by Mike Honda for Congress of Ro Khanna saying good things about Mike Honda. But you know? Ro was right. Mike Honda has been a great Congresman. One of the best.

    But I’ve endorsed Ro because I think he can do better, he can revitalize the Democratic Party, bring new ideas at a time when globalization and the rice of technology makes evey last year’s obsolete. It’s very, very rare for new leaders to arise from the Democratic party. Its particularly rare for them to be committed to civil liberties, to understand economic theory and be grounded in our constitution. Ro Khanna is so rare that we can’t just let him go.

    Read more on my endorsement announcement:http://sanleandrotalk.voxpublica.org/2014/01/24/i-endorse-ro-khanna-for-congress/

    But how lucky is CD 17 to be able to chose between very good and even better?!”

  • Elwood

    Marga, could you please tell us why anyone should care who you endorsed?

    “the rice of technology” Is that Uncle Ben’s?

  • Willis James

    These elections are a breath of fresh air.

    Khanna vs Honda

    Swalwell vs Corbett

    And possibly some one to challenge for the Miller seat.

    Most of us went for decades without real elections prior to the Swalwell — Stark contest.

    Thank you Abel Maldonado, the unsung hero of democratic reform in California.

    BTW, so refreshing to see Miller and Waxman having the good sense to know when to leave.

    PS, still waiting for Pete Stark to make good on his threats to spend any significant money to oust Swalwell.

  • Marga

    Most people should not care whom I endorse. But people in CD 17 who share my commitment to human rights, social justice, democracy and the rule of law, may find it useful to know why – after looking carefully at both candidates – I decided to support one vs. the other.

    In some races, that may not matter much. If you are someone with values like mine and are voting for Oakland Mayor, then Dan Siegel is the obvious choice. You definitely don’t need me to point that out.

    But in this case, when both candidates have such similar views, but one is unproven, I think my initial fears about Khanna may be shared by others.

    Is “rice” the only spelling mistake you found? Let me know of others so I can correct them all at once.

  • Richard Woulfe

    Putting this out is clever – I suppose – but I think voters want to see some debates between Honda and Khanna. So far, I am reading, Honda is ducking any debates with Khanna, Honda has got a “run and hide” strategy. His refusal to debate sort of indicates – to me – Honda believes his weak record will be exposed. Honda – as many know – leads NorCal delegation in junket-taking, you don’t get much work done when you are on vacation all the time. We need to get rid of these Representatives who work 10 hour work weeks and replace then with 90 an hour a week go-getters like Eric Swalwell and Ro Khanna, I think.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    These aren’t races–Ro vs Honda, Swalwell vs Corbett–more like boxers vs briefs

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Voters don’t need to see Ro claim he can work with the Repub majority. Simply put, he can’t. Repubs don’t need the input of a Frosh from Silicon Valley.