Jeffrey Bleich

CAMPAIGN 2014 | CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Ro Khanna’s campaign has the videographers, maybe the party favors and possibly the venue all lined for a series of monthly debates this year with his congressional opponent. Now, he just needs a dance partner.

Thus far, Rep. Mike Honda is showing no desire to participate in any proposed disco debate even after Khanna has enlisted Jeffrey Bleich, a former U.S. ambassador to Australia, to lead its end of the negotiations.

“Ambassador Jeff Bleich is one of the most respected and talented people that we have in the Democratic Party and it’s an honor to benefit from his counsel,” said Khanna.

Bleich was named ambassador to Australia in 2009 by President Obama. He resigned the post last year and resumed his duties as a partner at Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco.

Honda, however, has resisted Khanna’s repeated calls to debate even as a roster of local media outlets and large tech sites have shown interest in televising or sponsoring such events.

Vivek Kembaiyan, the communications director for Honda’s campaign, said in response to the latest call for debates, “Given how early it is (the full field of candidates isn’t set yet), the campaign has not made any decisions yet regarding debates.”

In addition to Honda and Khanna, there may be up to four other candidates vying for the 17th Congressional seat this June. The deadline for filing is March 7.