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Ro Khanna slams Rep. Mike Honda in new TV ads for being 'around too long'

Democratic congressional challenger Ro Khanna began a TV ad blitz against his opponent, Rep. Mike Honda (D-San Jose) today.

Khanna released two 30-second ads alleging Honda has been "caught trading favors for campaign contributions" and that the eight-term congressman has been "around too long."

The first ad, "Embarrassment," features footage of Honda falling asleep at a town hall meeting in 2013. In a second, Khanna asserts that a vote for him is a "vote for change."

Honda also recently launched two TV ads in the 17th Congressional District, one of which was dubbed "tawdry" by a San Jose Mercury News columnist.

One of those ads, which launched last week, featured an Indian American actor imitating Khanna, drinking champagne in the back of a limousine and taking one phone call after another from Wall Street donors.

Khanna's supporters criticized Honda for what they called a "racially coded" ad, to which Honda replied that his opponent was "using the very serious issue of racism to divert people's attention."

The most recent fundraising figures show Khanna with a strong advantage heading into the final weeks of the campaign, with $1.5 million cash on hand, almost double what Honda has in the bank.

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