Ro Khanna Is Making Ellen Corbett Very Nervous

Ro Khanna

Nov. 21, 2011 | Many in the East Bay see Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett as the rightful extension of Rep. Pete Stark’s over three decades in Washington. Powerful forces in the Democratic Party and free-wheeling Silicon Valley types are increasingly choosing former Obama commerce department official Ro Khanna with boatloads of cash.

Insiders believe Khanna pulled down close to $250,000 at a homecoming of sorts hosted by former U.S. Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta last weekend in Hayward.

The fundraising windfall would follow $440,000 in donations last month at an event at the home of venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, according to the San Jose Mercury News. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attended that event and Gov. Jerry Brown also attended an event last week featuring Khanna.

All of this is becoming a great concern for Corbett, according to sources who have spoken privately with the long-time San Leandro legislator. Corbett and Khanna were seen Oct. 20 chatting at the kick-off fundraiser for Hayward Councilman Bill Quirk’s assembly campaign. Corbett appeared to be buoyed by the conversation with Khanna, according to a source, but it only underscored Corbett’s continued cautiousness in navigating a likely congressional run in 2014 against a burgeoning and apparently well-healed candidate like Khanna with contacts from D.C. to the South Bay.

Her worries are not unwarranted. Pelosi’s unstated, but suggested support for Khanna, an Indian American, would be a perfect ally for House Democrats who will need Silicon Valley’s continued reliance on tip-top business relations with government officials and tech companies in India.

If Khanna officially announces his intention to run for Stark’s seat in 2014, it would not be his first run for Congress. He unsuccessfully ran against Tom Lantos in 2004 Democratic primary for the 12th District in San Mateo.

One thought on “Ro Khanna Is Making Ellen Corbett Very Nervous

  1. Khanna should do what Pete Stark did in 1972.

    He did not wait until the then 80 year old incumbent decided to retire.
    NO, Pete Stark took leave of those in the party who told him to wait until retirement, and instead went it alone, and easily took out the aging and ineffective incumbent.

    Pete Stark holds his seat, ONLY because those around him prop him up out of some “respect” clause that seems to be in some unwritten contract.

    We…the people, the voters, not the party “players”, are the ones who want new and fresh representation.
    Peter Stark no longer represents us in a manner we find effective.
    We don't owe Pete the seat for life, not even for two more critical years.
    His seniority has been shown to be worthless.
    His own party members bypassed him when he was in line to take over as chairman of the Ways and Means committee.
    Anyone who understands the traditions of the House knows how big a deal that was.
    NO respect at all for Pete Stark's years of hanging around.
    He has lost most of his power.

    Now is the perfect time to replace him and a knee-jerk party “regular” is not who we need.

    As strange as it sounds, we need a new Pete Stark, like the one we got in 1972, who bucked the part regulars and went ahead without their blessing.
    Ran BEFORE they said it was OK and ran before those from the state legislature dared do so.

    For a dozen reasons, 2012 is the year to take this seat in a new direction. Out of the hands of the tired East Bay party hacks, and back into the hands of the people.

    We don't need the tired office holders of the past 30 years to tell us who to vote for to represent us in congress.
    The world has changed, while local party leaders have stayed mired in the past patterns.

    Won't someone please have the leadership to run NOW.
    We can't afford to wait until Pete decides its time for to retire himself.

    We need a fresh mind now, not some retread of our past. We don't need someone who's main claim on the office is that they have “paid their dues” for x years.

    I remind you again, when Pete Stark ran in 1972 he had no history in public office.
    He won easily.

    This year, especially with “top two” voting in place, this is a golden chance to step ahead of tradition and take this seat.

    Don't wait. Be bold. 2012 is a year of CHANGE.
    Changed district lines, changed economy, and change wanted desperately.
    A true leader, sensing the people's desire, will take the chance to run now, not in 2014.

    Ask the people. Look to the general election in November 2012.
    The people will go with the future. Pete Stark is no longer our future. We await the next leader.



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