SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Congressman Mike Honda was in a nearly empty House Chamber listening to a California colleague speak on Homeland Security spending when he fell asleep on camera.
The Silicon Valley Democrat tilted his head and dozed off in plain view of C-SPAN cameras last Friday.READ MORE: Vice President Harris To Visit U.S.-Mexico Border Friday
“He’s certainly not the first person or first congressman to fall asleep in a congressional hearing. But, the problem is his opponents painted him as ineffective and lazy. This certainly plays right into that,” KPIX 5 Political Analyst Melissa Griffin-Caen said.
It wasn’t the first time Mr. Honda has apparently napped in public. Two years ago at his own townhall meeting on Obamacare, he dozed off for about thirty seconds.
The latest incident went viral on social media, but Honda tweeted out a snappy response confirming he was asleep. He added a quote, saying he was “tired of the GOP playing games with our national security.”READ MORE: Silicon Valley Antivirus Software Mogul John McAfee Found Dead in Spanish Prison Cell After Extradition to U.S. Approved
The images of Honda snoozing could hurt him if he runs for another term in 2016, Griffin-Caen said.MORE NEWS: Contra Costa Authorities Seize Hundreds of Pounds of Fireworks Ahead of July 4th
“If it means getting an intern to follow him around with a cattle prod to make sure he stays awake at all times, that’s what he has to do. He absolutely cannot let this happen again.”