CA17: Gov. Jerry Brown endorses Mike Honda

Gov. Jerry Brown endorsed Rep. Mike Honda for re-election Tuesday.

Honda stumped for Brown in 2010“Mike Honda has dedicated his career to tackling difficult issues and doing what’s right for working people,” Brown said in Honda’s news release. “After leading the local effort to bring BART to San Jose, Mike got $900 million in federal funding for the project, creating 10,000 jobs for the Silicon Valley. Mike is an effective advocate in Congress for his district and all of California – I’m proud to support him.”

Honda, D-San Jose, said he’s “humbled” to have the governor’s support. “His popularity in my district and across the state reflects the impressive comeback California has made under his strong leadership,” Honda said. “As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I look forward to continuing our work to make important investments in our state and communities.”

Honda, seeking an eighth House term, no doubt also hopes that voters drawn to the polls in November by Brown’s top-of-the-ticket re-election bid will vote for him as well, rather than casting a ballot for his challenger, fellow Democrat and former Obama administration official Ro Khanna of Fremont.

“We congratulate Congressman Honda on this endorsement,” Khanna spokesman Tyler Law said Tuesday. “We only wish he had Governor Brown’s work habits.”

As for other statewide officials, Attorney General Kamala Harris, Controller John Chiang, Treasurer Bill Lockyer, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson have endorsed Honda as well, while Lt. Gavin Newsom has endorsed Khanna.

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.

  • Willis James

    Nice to see Jerry Brown in that photo, right next to Leland Yee and Fiona Ma. Yes, Leland Yee, a strong supporter of Brown, as was FIona Ma, when she wasn’t busy supporting her good friend Mary Hayashi for senate…”this year”.
    So we see, in this game, everybody on the “ins” often support those running regardless of whether they are the best candidate for the job.

    BTW, does this mean Honda is a big fan of California “mildly higher speed” Rail.

    What is Honda’s position on that $90 billion boondoggle which Jerry clings to?

  • Guest

    In a puff piece last week written by a San Francisco Chronicle reporter the bumbling Honda inadvertently disclosed he’s an avid fisherman. Apparently, one of the reasons Honda never seems to be around in Washington DC, or in his district either – besides all the junkets he takes – is because Honda slips away and goes fishing all the time! Mike Honda, Gone Fishing, I think that sums up Honda’s career rather nicely. Honda has passed one measly bill in 14 years – a routine house keeping measure renaming a post office, he’s also missed 450 votes since 2000, and he’s taken 52 junkets on top of that, many paid for by the same Washington DC lobbyists and special interest who are funding his re-election campaign.
    I think this Mike Honda should be forced to punch a time clock. He makes $174,000 a year – he’s voted 10 times to raise his own pay, and now we learn he sneaks off to go fishing all the time. Yes, I think putting Honda on time clock is warranted, I have to punch a time clock every day at work, so should Honda.
    I think it worth noting here we have a 25% poverty rate in California, 1 in 3 kids grows up in poverty. Wages – for regular working people – haven’ t risen in 34 years, according to the labor department. I see no way we turn this around unless Congress get’s off their duffs, you know Mike Honda isn’t going to do that – he’s going to be off fishing, as he has for the last 14 years!

  • Elwood

    Thank you, Ro’s staff! You always. Sing the same song so sweetly!

    Repeat after me: Congratulations on your re-election, Congressman Honda!