|Incumbent Rep. Mike Honda (D), CA-17|
Apparently, Khanna is heavily favored (and supported) by leaders in the high-tech industry, and that matters in the Silicon Valley-centered 17th. But is it possible that something matters even more?
Honda is described as a progressive, civil libertarian, advocate for the "everyman." "He bleeds little guy," the Times quotes Prof. Larry Gerston saying. Not insignificantly, Honda's "views on politics and civil rights were molded by his family's internment during World War II," says the Times.
Khanna, on the other hand, has the support of Google and Facebook. And he's outraising Honda in a district that traditionally has expansive campaigns.
But has he got drones?
|Democratic challenger Ro Khanna|
And, of course, Silicon Valley companies have their own special place in the pantheon of surveillance actors.
So an interesting question emerges: where do the contenders in California's 17th stand . . . on surveillance, secrecy, and assassinations?
There will be elections for 435 House seats in 2014. In at least some of those races, U.S. surveillance, secrecy, and assassinations will be an issue.
Herewith an Insider's Guide to the 7 S's (surveillance, secrecy, and assassinations) in the 2014 Midterms.
(See Will the 2014 Midterms be a Referendum on Obama's Surveillance, Secrecy, and Assassinations? )
(See California Congressional Delegation: Drones 'R' Us!)
Major tech companies have put out a clarion call today: Reform Government Surveillance! AOL, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo have discovered that the public is fed up with being spied on and know exactly where to point the finger -- ?
(See Surveillance and the Tech Companies: THE JIG IS UP!)