Reps. Ami Bera and Mike Honda, California Democrats facing tough re-election fights, are unlikely to convene with their challengers for a spirited round of Kumbayah.
But they arent above a little after-hours karaoke.
Last Wednesday, Bera and Honda (who were told is a big karaoke enthusiast) helped mark Asian Pacific Heritage Month at a Washington event held by Asian American young professionals. As captured in a photograph published by Roll Call, Bera hung an arm over Honda while the pair belted out a version of the 1960s classic I Got You Babe.
Sonny and Cher they were not, but the beat reportedly went on.
Congressman Hondas experience showed, and he definitely out-sang his protégé, but Congressman Bera had a certain something that captured much of the audiences heart, a Bera staff member told Roll Call.
Honda, of San Jose, has been something of a mentor to the Elk Grove freshman. This year, Bera is expecting a battle against one of three Republicans: Doug Ose, Igor Birman or Elizabeth Emken.
Honda is in a rare battle to retain his seat against fellow Democrat Ro Khanna.
AT THE CAPITOL
The Each Mind Matters campaign, which works to reduce stigma surrounding mental illness, sponsors Mental Health Matters Day, with a rally on the south steps of the Capitol at 11 a.m. and a walk from the Capitol to Raley Field. The day will feature state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, R-Oceanside, and Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, among others.
Lets try that again. Controller deserves a little more applause.
John A. Pérez, outgoing Assembly speaker, after members gave a lukewarm response to John Chiang. Pérez is running for controller. Chiang docked members pay over a budget dispute in 2011.