Honda campaign calls on Khanna to pay former staffer

CONGRESS | 17TH DISTRICT | Rep. Mike Honda’s campaign said Monday that Ro Khanna “should be ashamed” for failing to pay a former campaign staffer who served him during congressional campaigns in 2004 and 2014.

Bill Ferguson, a former Milpitas City Council candidate and current member of the Santa Clara County Democratic Central Committee told the East Bay Citizen last week that Khanna owed him $6,000 in wages from his 2004 campaign against then-Rep. Tom Lantos in San Mateo.

Khanna disagreed and said Ferguson was paid even though he “didn’t do a damn thing.” He labeled Ferguson claim and threat of alerting the media was a form of extortion.

But, in 2014, Khanna admitted to putting Ferguson on the payroll for his 2014 run against Honda, but allowed it not to satisfy a past debt, but out of charity to Ferguson. Emails provided by Ferguson, however, show Khanna acknowledged a debt for previous work on his 2004 campaign.

Honda’s campaign, hoping to open significant daylight between them and Khanna with just two weeks until the June Primary, was highly critical of the incident.

“These allegations are very troubling and highlight an alarming pattern of Ro Khanna not understanding the struggles working families are facing,” said Vedant Patel, communication director for the Honda campaign.

“This is the type of callousness we expect from Republicans, not from so-called Democratic candidates. Ro should be ashamed and should pay the former employee in question the money he is owed immediately. How can Silicon Valley’s middle class families expect Ro to keep his word to them when he can’t even keep his word to his own staff?”

On Monday morning, Khanna, appearing on the KQED radio program “Forum,” was asked by a caller to address Ferguson’s allegations. Khanna denied Ferguson’s claim and minimized its importance by saying no mainstream media organizations had picked up the story.

Categories: 2014 Election, Bill Ferguson, CA17, congress, Mike Honda, Ro Khanna, Vedant Patel, wages

4 replies

  1. By MW:

    While I have no idea as to whether or not Khanna owed the guy money, however regardless I find it truly amusing that anyone as phony as Mike Honda, and/or anyone closely associated with Honda, would be giving anyone else lectures on ethics and proper behavior.

    While I am fully aware that in addition to being a world class phony Honda is also a world class demagogue, however still none of that gives Honda and/or the Honda campaign the right to instruct others on morals and ethics.

    In fact related to the “standards” of politicians, and including politicians who pretend to be “liberals,” if any readers of the East Bay Citizen are asked to provide services to a political campaign, refuse the “great” business “opportunity” unless you can collect one hundred percent of the fees in advance.

    In other words, that sleazy mafia of bigshot politicians has its own set of “standards” and “ethics,” and including when it comes to “paying” its bills.

    More specifically, let' say that Mr. Small Businessman provides services to a political campaign, and even if its to the campaign of someone running for President of the United States. So let's say after Mr. Early Presidential Contender drops out of the race, he still owes various fairly small businesses sums of anywhere from five thousand dollars to fifty thousand dollars for the services, and such as for advertising, etc, they provided to his campaign.

    Often once his campaign is over and closed down, and even if he is a multimillionaire, he will absolutely refuse to pay any leftover bills. However if the media makes a big stink about it, then sometimes he will “pay,” and in fact even “fully” pay, BUT however based on the “standards” of politics and politicians.

    The accepted “standards” of politics and politicians are that on an outstanding bill of that type, the politician pays only ten percent of each outstanding bill, but then still has the right to insist that he “fully” paid any and all outstanding bills.

    Related to that, a high percentage of politicians, and especially Democratic Party politicians, are lawyers, and the modern American legal profession is the sleaziest major mafia of all time.


  2. Ro was Celeste Guap's Facebook friend … anything to that?


  3. This is making a molehill out of an anthill. Sheesh.


  4. Is it a coincidence that Ferguson is a member of the Central Comity, which supports Honda?


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