Mike Honda falls asleep, Ro Khanna wakes up with renewed vigor

Khanna has raised as much money now as Obama did in 2004.

By Raif Karerat

"Ro Khanna"
Ro Khanna

WASHINGTON, DC: Indian American Democrat politician Ro Khanna, who was only 3.6 percentage points away from upsetting incumbent California Congressman Mike Honda in November, looks poised to stage a new run at Silicon Valley’s congressional seat after raising $801,000 in this year’s first quarter — more than three times what fellow Democrat Honda reportedly raised, according to San Jose Mercury news.

That’s the kind of money that Barack Obama raised when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 2004, revealed the Bay Area News Group.

The 38-year-old lawyer and former Obama administration official has been bolstered by Honda’s gaffe at a Congressional Homeland Security debate in February during which CSPAN caught him falling asleep.

Khanna hasn’t officially declared his candidacy for the U.S. House of Representatives, but San Jose Mercury News noted he “seems almost ready to pull the trigger for 2016.”

“I believe we need change in Congress now even more than I did in 2014,” Khanna said last Tuesday. “The challenges demand fresh thinking and new ideas now more than ever.”

Meanwhile, Honda, of San Jose, was a man on fire during the beginning of 2015, introducing 16 bills on issues from STEM education to human trafficking to manufacturing to body armor, reported San Jose Mercury News. He also has co-sponsored 158 bills and released a steady onslaught of statements and news releases.

Elsewhere in California, the L.A. Times disclosed American Indian Rep. Ami Bera of Elk Grove, California, is being targeted for defeat by the National Republican Congressional Committee after having $353,000 on hand at the end of the quarter after surviving a tight race that was among the costliest in the nation.

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