CA17: Mike Honda mailer attacks Ro Khanna

Rep. Mike Honda’s campaign has sent out an attack mailer against Democratic rival Ro Khanna that repeats some of the same claims Honda made on his website last week.

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Honda mailer

The mailer from Honda, D-San Jose, claims Khanna opposed President Obama’s plan to raise taxes on the wealthy, supports tax breaks that send jobs overseas and is funded by millionaire Republican donors.

Khanna says he supported raising taxes on the richest but joined with Obama in supporting extension of the Bush tax cuts for middle-class families, while Honda supported a budget that would’ve wiped out all of the tax cuts. Khanna also has noted that Obama supports lowering corporate taxes on overseas profits so that capital can be used here in America, and that Honda himself seems to feel likewise.

Finally, the one of the two conservative donors cited in Honda’s mailer, Marc Leder, also has given money to the Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and other prominent Democrats, Khanna’s campaign notes. Khanna has shunned contributions from all political action committees and Washington lobbyists, his campaign notes, while Honda hasn’t.

“It’s sad that after 14 years in Congress, Representative Honda feels compelled to turn his campaign negative four weeks before the primary,” said campaign manager Leah Cowan.

“This is exactly what’s wrong with politics today. Rather than offering solutions or defending his own record, the best Congressman Honda can do is smear his opponent,” she said. “Ro asked the Congressman to participate in multiple debates to discuss the issues face-to-face, but the Congressman repeatedly refused. Frankly, this is a sad reflection on his campaign – and on the Washington status quo he so eagerly defends. It’s time for the Honda campaign to stop its negative tactics and focus on the important opportunities and challenges facing families in the 17th district.”

Also running in the 17th Congressional District are Republicans Vanila Singh and Joel Vanlandingham.

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.