Just three months after conceding the 17th Congressional District race to seven-term incumbent Mike Honda (D- San Jose), Ro Khanna accepted his first campaign check for the 2016 re-match. Honda himself started requesting money less than a couple months after the election. It’s expected given the perpetual campaign cycle for two-year terms. So, this past weekend Honda spent his birthday hopping from one fundraiser to another. Luckily for him, this included a poolside celebration of “the fourth anniversary of his 70th birthday.” Even if he had to give an obligatory stump speech and attendant call for cash, Honda balanced it out with small talk and a glass of Prosecco. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) joined her colleague for the intimate klatch at defense attorney Chris Schumb’s stunning Willow Glen estate. A rogue pool cleaner interrupted both Lofgren and Honda mid-speech with a splash, providing some comic relief and speculation whether Khanna sabotaged via the underwater robot. Goodwill CEO Mike Fox Jr. and his parents, philanthropists Mike Fox Sr. and Mary Ellen Fox, came to show their support for the congressman. Schumb, who lends his legal services to the California Teachers Association, also invited several educators, including San Jose Teachers Association exec director Debby Baker. Cloud-software scion and E2open CEO Mark Woodward and his wife joined a couple other techies, including a VC who asked not to be named because he donated to Khanna’s last campaign. San Jose Councilman/aspiring state Assemblyman Ash Kalra stopped by to mingle with fellow Dems, including county Supervisor Ken Yeager’s policy aide Alex Shoor and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta. After a couple hours snacking on pulled pork sliders and coconut shrimp, Mineta lured most of the crowd, including the birthday boy, over to his eponymous transportation institute at San Jose State for an after-party banquet.