Mike Honda’s time has come. Nothing has occurred between the June primary and now to sway Metro’s opinion. Ro Khanna, Honda’s challenger, remains the best option to represent Silicon Valley in Congress.
When we last took up this issue, Honda was falling asleep in town halls and on the House floor. Since that time, Metro uncovered email evidence that shows the congressman’s staff illegally coordinated a pay-to-play scheme with his campaign, linking official State Department invites to campaign cash and endorsements. The emails also showed that Honda has staff members running personal errands on taxpayer time.
The newly formed 17th District stretches across Santa Clara County and up to Fremont, and as the district’s boundaries have changed, so have its constituents. Residents are less enamored with progressive battle cries or protracted apologies for war crimes than they’re concerned with immigration and tax reform.
Khanna offers Silicon Valley not only a strong Democrat who mirrors Honda’s stance on social issues, but also an informed representative who won’t require staff to baby-step him through an Internet tutorial. Khanna already knows the language of tech, and he has his own ideas on how to shape the global economy. As we wrote in May, the center of innovative thinking deserves an active, engaged legislator.
A 38-year-old patent lawyer, former trade representative for President Obama and Stanford University economics lecturer, Khanna combines both social principles and a passion for economic development. As an author and trade official, he’s pushed for the revitalization of American manufacturing.
He has also stayed true to those principles, opposing government overreach and advocating for reform. Khanna, unlike the seven-term incumbent Honda, is in touch with today’s Silicon Valley and would give this region the kind of representation it deserves.
The revelations found in Metro’s reporting on House violations by Honda’s staff and campaign show that a concerted effort has been waged to maintain the status quo. Honda has been a good soldier for progressive causes, but his legislative record is an embarrassment. He fudged in claiming responsibility for securing billions in earmarks, but he never led the charge on any of these bills. The only legislation Honda has truly authored led to the renaming of a local post office.
Silicon Valley needs to lead the discussion in Congress, and Khanna offers the best chance to start a new dialogue.
Other Congressional Endorsements:
18th District: Anna Eshoo (D-Atherton)
19th District: Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose)