Brown backs incumbent Honda in congressional race
Gov. Jerry Brown has weighed in on the Democrat-on-Democrat South Bay congressional feud, choosing the liberal stalwart and incumbent Rep. Mike Honda over upstart Ro Khanna.
In issuing the rare endorsement, Brown said Honda, running for an eighth term in Congress, has dedicated his career to “tackling difficult issues and doing what’s right for working people.”
“After leading the local effort to bring BART to San Jose, Mike got $900 million in federal funding for the project, creating 10,000 jobs for the Silicon Valley. Mike is an effective advocate in Congress for his district and all of California – I’m proud to support him,” Brown said.
Democrats including President Barack Obama, California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the state party have been working to coalesce their own supporters behind the seven-term incumbent since Khanna secured the second spot in June.
Khanna, a Brown appointee to the Workforce Development Board and former Obama administration official from Fremont, has won support from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former Controller Steve Westly.
“I am beside myself with anger that JB is appealing Vergara. His lifetime of empty words about caring for the poor is utterly worthless.”