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Khanna campaign manager to step down following Honda's lawsuit

Rep. Mike Honda, (D-San Jose), left, and his challenger, Democrat Ro Khanna. (Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call / Jim Genshwimer / San Jose Mercury News)
Rep. Mike Honda, (D-San Jose), left, and his challenger, Democrat Ro Khanna. (Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call / Jim Genshwimer / San Jose Mercury News)

Ro Khanna's campaign manager, Brian Parvizshahi, will step down effective immediately following a lawsuit claiming Parvizshahi illegally accessed confidential donor data belonging to Rep. Mike Honda's campaign.

The lawsuit alleges Parvizshahi gained access to the files as an intern for Honda's former fundraising consultant, and claims he continued to access donor lists and other campaign data after he joined the Khanna campaign.

In a statement four hours after the Honda campaign news conference, Khanna campaign spokesman Hari Sevugan said Parvizshahi had requested to step down as campaign manager. Sevugan also took a dig at Khanna's rival. 

"By filing this lawsuit with six weeks to go and down in the polls, he believes Mike Honda is trying to distract voters from the ongoing ethics investigation into how he sold special governmental access to his VIP donors after accepting $3 million in PAC contributions," the statement read. "And Brian will not let Mike Honda use him to distract voters from the need for real change."

No interim campaign manager has been chosen, Sevugan said.

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