Congressman Mike Honda (D-San Jose) has had a rough week. First, a social media snafu, then a revelation that could become fodder for opponents as the campaign heats up.
While enjoying Washington D.C.’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival, Honda broadcast what one blogger called the “dumbest tweet of the year.” He shared a picture of cherry blossoms and went nostalgic on 100 years of “friendship” between the US and Japan.
Happy to celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms, & over 100 years of Japanese-American friendship http://t.co/uofj1QGml1
— Rep. Mike Honda (@RepMikeHonda) April 13, 2014
As one might expect, Tweeple picked up on the length of that friendship, reminding Honda of, oh y’know, Pearl Harbor, atomic bombs and WWII internment camps—which Honda and his family were actually forced to lived in.
@RepMikeHonda Yeah, that whole WWII thing was just a practical joke, huh?
— Jimmy Simpson (@informedblackmn) April 14, 2014
— Alo Konsen (@OhioCoastie) April 14, 2014
— Ben Crystal (@Bennettruth) April 14, 2014
San Jose Inside came across the brouhaha and wondered what Honda could have been thinking.
.@RepMikeHonda wrote a very odd Tweet this weekend.
— San Jose Inside (@sanjoseinside) April 14, 2014
A couple hours later, the congressman sent out a clarification.
— Rep. Mike Honda (@RepMikeHonda) April 14, 2014
Not everyone was buying it.
— Jeff Allen (@JeffAllen2143) April 14, 2014
To make matters worse, The San Francisco Chronicle's political reporter Carla Marinucci revealed that Honda can't even vote for himself come election day. Honda doesn't live in his own district, something that's allowed in federal races but will no doubt become a talking point amongst his challengers, notably the well-funded business attorney and ex-Obama appointee Ro Khanna.
Honda's spokesman said the congressman has lived in the same San Jose home for decades. But when the legislative lines were redrawn in 2010, Honda's house fell outside his own jurisdiction and into Rep. Zoe Lofgren's (D-San Jose).
"Congressman Honda has owned his current home in San Jose for over 40 years," Vivek Kembaiyan told Marinucci. "It was the first home he purchased with his wife, and it's where they raised their children."