From the American Bazaar
By Sujeet Rajan
It’s commendable for Japanese American veteran Congressman from California Mike Honda to condemn Fox News host of ‘The Five’, Bob Beckel, over using the racially offensive term ‘Chinaman’ in a rant against online hacking by people from China.
But did Honda – who represents the only Asian American majority congressional seat in the US, in the San Jose area – show any respect for his fellow Democrat and competitor in the November polls, Ro Khanna, when a campaign associated with him sent out mailers recently with blown out photos of the brown-skinned Khanna with the loaded messages ‘Don’t let Ro Khanna outsource our jobs,’ and ‘Sending jobs overseas.’ The answer: No.
FREMONT – Ro Khanna released the following statement today on Senator Patty Murray’s effort to overturn the recent Supreme Court ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, effectively stripping women of access to contraceptive care: “I’m encouraged to see that Senator Murray is championing legislation to make sure that businesses are not making healthcare decisions for their employees. The recent Hobby Lobby ruling was a huge blow to not only women’s rights, but to individual liberty. While religious freedom is a fundamental part of American democracy, we cannot let that be used to take rights away from others.
Khanna reiterates pledge to not take special interest-funded trips and calls on Congressman Honda to continue disclosing his travel receipts
FREMONT – Ro Khanna issued the following statement in response to a National Journal report that members of Congress are no longer required to report privately-sponsored travel, included that paid for by special interests, on their annual financial disclosure forms:
“I am deeply concerned by the decision, which was made by the House Ethics Committee without public scrutiny. The change will undo decades of precedent for lawmakers to report which groups or individuals pay for their travel – the very least our legislators should be required to do in a system that sorely needs more, not less, transparency.
Congressman Honda should release travel schedule & honor commitment to do multiple debates
FREMONT – Ro Khanna today challenged Congressman Honda to meet his own standards of transparency and accountability, which he recently wrote about in a Silicon Valley Business Journal op-ed. Rep. Honda used the piece to tout his support of the DATA Act, and the importance of making “our government more efficient and accountable”.
Unfortunately, both Rep. Honda’s Congressional office and campaign have lacked the same basic level of transparency that the DATA Act calls for – falling far below the standard expected of public officials. During this campaign he has refused to participate in any debates, even though he did twelve when he first ran for Congress in 2000, and has repeatedly relied on handlers to shelter him from the press. Further, he has held only two town halls in the last year, one of which he fell asleep at. The San Francisco Chronicle criticized him in an article for not doing a single town hall during the August recess.
FREMONT – Ro Khanna released the following statement today on Rep. Honda’s continued refusal to speak out against his supporters' racially coded attacks against the Indian American community:
"I am pleased that Congressman Mike Honda has spoken out in support of the recent decision repealing trademark registration for the Washington Redskins’ offensive name. But Honda’s action begs the question of why he continues to avoid speaking out against a similarly racist campaign mailer directed at the Indo-American community in the final days of the primary campaign.
FREMONT – Ro Khanna released the following statement today on the Obama Administration’s new advanced manufacturing initiatives:
“I’m very encouraged by the Obama Administration’s new advanced manufacturing initiatives, which include working with local governments to expand access to R&D facilities and build more public-private partnerships. It’s absolutely critical that we double down on our commitment to growing advanced manufacturing opportunities, as this is a sector where we hold a significant competitive advantage over the rest of the world.
“That's why I worked to support manufacturers as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and then went on to write a book on best practices and strategies for creating good paying advanced manufacturing jobs here in the United States. Making sure that we give our workers 21st century skills – which requires investing in advanced manufacturing training – is a central pillar of my job’s plan, and is one of many areas where this Congress has failed.”
Dear Congressman Honda,
Congratulations on your finish in the primary election. Now that we’ve moved into the general election season, I look forward to a spirited and substantive campaign that engages voters across the District on our competing visions for the future.
As you know, I have proposed that we engage in five debates – one per month – between now and November. I believe strongly that debates are an essential part of a fair and democratic process and a critical vehicle for ensuring voters have the opportunity to hear where the candidates who want the honor of representing them in Congress stand on the issues that matter most to their families and communities. And in this race in particular, it’s clear that debates are needed to make certain that misinformation and false attacks don’t take over the general election in the same way that they did in the final weeks of the primary. Voters deserve better.
From: Jeremy Bird, General Consultant – Ro for Congress Campaign
To: Interested Parties
Re: Ro Khanna Well-Positioned for General Election Matchup
Date: June 4, 2014
Last night’s Primary Election in California was among the most-anticipated contests of the 2014 electoral cycle thus far – and the final numbers out of the 17th District ensure voters will have the opportunity to choose between Ro Khanna and Mike Honda to represent them in Congress this November.
As members of the media and pundits around the country continue to analyze the results this week and weigh the growing impact of Ro’s forward-looking vision in this critical congressional seat, following are some key takeaways to consider.
From the Los Angeles Times
By Cathleen Decker
Racial politics have roared to life in a congressional race in Northern California, after mailers were sent to district residents accusing a candidate of Indian ancestry — prominently pictured on the mailers — of planning to “outsource our jobs.”
The target, former Obama administration official Ro Khanna, is challenging fellow Democrat and veteran congressman Mike Honda in Tuesday’s primary election for the San Jose-area seat.
Already the campaign had some level of sibling drama, with President Obama and senior Democrats endorsing Honda while former Obama campaign strategists worked for Khanna. Separately, an independent campaign sympathetic to the Democratic incumbent has been working to boost Republican candidate Vanila Singh into the November runoff, figuring that she would make for an easier take-down than the well-financed Khanna. (The top two finishers, regardless of party, advance to the runoff.)
FREMONT – The Ro for Congress campaign released the following statement today following Congressman Honda’s refusal to denounce the racially coded attacks launched by his close supporters.
“The Working for Us PAC – which is controlled by close supporters and donors of Congressman Honda – has now sent out two racially coded attacks against Ro Khanna ahead of the primary. This same organization was discovered using Democratic money to prop up Republican Vanila Singh, and it's run by a DC based political operative whose violations of federal election law led to one of the largest FEC fines in history.