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.”