Calif. Sens. Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein

CONGRESS 17 | California’s two Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer added their
endorsements to Congressional District 17 Rep. Mike Honda’s, long list of growing endorsements in preparation for a potential battle with young lawyer Ro Khanna who recently served in President Barack Obama’s Commerce Department.

“I’m proud to endorse Congressman Mike Honda,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein. “He works tirelessly for the people he represents and is an important leader on issues such as helping to create jobs and improving our schools. He is a champion for Silicon Valley and I’m glad to offer him my support.”

“The people of the 17th Congressional District need Mike Honda’s strong voice now more than ever,” said Senator Barbara Boxer. “I am proud to endorse such an effective leader for education, innovation, and families throughout the region and country.”

Honda thanked the senators for their support and added that “we can all agree that the formula for growth in Silicon Valley jobs is straightforward. It requires smart and targeted incentives to help companies locate and grow here while accessing our unique and diverse workforce, and providing our students with the education they’ll need to compete.”

Honda’s recent big name endorsements comes off the heels of his biggest from President Obama including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz among others. Honda also released a poll last week favoring his re-election and taking shots at Khanna for having “weak,” numbers in his internal poll. The abrasive action is a potential sign of worry from Honda who may fear a defeat at the hands of a young challenger like former Rep. Pete Stark did to Rep. Eric Swalwell in Congressional District 15.

But Honda’s strategy is likely to discourage Khanna from challenging him as he soaks up important endorsements. Although, Khanna did raise $1.2 million last year when he explored challenging Stark in the 15th. Instead he held off for Stark’s rumored retirement in 2014 but to much surprise ended up being defeated by Swalwell. Since then Khanna made a compromise with State Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett to take on Honda while she challenges Swalwell in 2014. But since the two met to hammer out this compromise Khanna has yet to officially confirm his challenge to Honda. Insiders say he will likely announce his candidacy within the next month or so.