CA17: Ro Khanna launches first TV ad

Ro Khanna, taking on fellow Democrat Rep. Mike Honda, has launched the first television ad of the 17th Congressional District race.

“Ro shares the frustrations of Bay Area families who believe special interests have too much influence in Washington and are drowning out the voices of the American people,” Khanna campaign manager Leah Cowan said in a news release. “Ro knows that we can’t change Congress overnight, but he’s committed to leading by example and fighting for the change that the people in the 17th district deserve.”

Khanna campaign spokesman Tyler Law refused to say how much was spent to air the ad, or where or when specifically it will air. “It’s a significant buy and the ad will be airing on TV across the 17th District,” Law said Tuesday morning.

Honda, D-San Jose, is also being challenged by Republicans Vanila Singh, Joel Vanlandingham and Vinesh Singh Rathore.

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.

  • Little disingenuous of Ro to claim he never will accept money from corporations … BUT not because the Silicon Valley c-suite bankrolls his campaign.

    Disingenuous because candidates accepting contributions from corporations already illegal.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Who would you prefer to be listened to in DC? (Any loudmouth can be heard) ? Special Interests, intellectuals, so-called activists, ordinary slobs, you and people who agree with you?

  • Willis James

    Not sure how that ad will fly.

    Imagine if George Miller had never taken a pay raise or been able to get a pension over 40 years. Then his $10.10 minimum wage might have almost applied to his own congressional salary. Subtext, anyone running under those rules won’t stay in congress more than 10 years. (which might be a good thing)

    I give the ad a C rating. Gets his name out there but ads little else.

    He’ll have to be more creative than that.

    Khanna needs to smash a toilet on the steps of some federal building..

    (See March Fong and pay toilets….best ever cheap publicity)


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  • JohnW


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    Then, we send the rest to get in line for state-subsidized high risk pools (privatize the profit and socialize the risk);

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  • Richard Woulfe

    Josh has reported Honda is ahead in the polls – at this early point in the campaign – but Ro Khanna has not really spent his pretty large campaign war-chest. So far Khanna has been focusing on grassroots support, he has done bang-up job on building a field orginisation. I myself have worked in umpteen Dem campaigns as a volunteer, usually you don’t have a situation where a candidate is very well financed and has a top notch grass roots effort going too, these two variables don’t go together, normally. One of the reasons I think Khanna can win – despite his long odds – is because he’s raised ton’s of money, and he’s build this incredible field operation. Honda, in contrast, has no field operation going and he’s done poorly in fund raising. Khanna is beating Honda – in my view – in the important variables in a campaign, fund raising and get-out-the-vote strategies In fact, he’s creaming Honda in these two areas. While Honda is beating Khanna in the polls – early on – I think Khanna will close the gap, enough to get in the run-off. If he get’s in run-off I think Khanna will close in for the kill in the general, he is terrific candidate for the House, he’s well funded, he’s running this great field operation. Look for an upset in the 17th district, it’s improbable, but I think this will happen.
    early on in the polls

  • John Locke

    Ro is down in the polls cause he is a right wing tea party esque candidate posing as a democrat. Actually the republicans are beating him in the polls cause they are at least forthright on who they are supporting. Ro’s book is all about trickle down supply side economics. Ro should read more of Benake, Robert Reich or Yellen.