Attorney Ro Khanna began airing a contrast ad Monday, just a few weeks out from California’s top-two primary.
In the ad, the Democrat taking on longtime Democratic Rep. Michael M. Honda hits the incumbent for “stubbornly” refusing all debates and “slinging mud” — likely referencing a negative mailer Honda’s campaign sent earlier this month.
“Isn’t it time to put the old politics aside?” a narrator says in the 30-second spot, before transitioning to highlight Khanna’s endorsements.
Khanna’s campaign did not say how much is behind the ad, only that it will air “widely throughout the 17th District.” Khanna had nearly $2 million in cash on hand as of March 31, giving him ample funds for advertising.
Khanna, Honda, and Republicans Vanila Singh and Joel VanLandingham will face off in a June 3 primary. The two highest vote recipients, regardless of party, will advance to the general.
It’s likely that both Khanna and Honda will advance in this heavily Democratic district, based in Silicon Valley.