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.