Ken Scudder, Congressman Mike Honda‘s communications director, reassured Fly this week that his boss is committed to keeping constituents informed about what he does in Congress. But for all the partisan sparring going on D.C., Honda seems awfully nervous to take off the gloves and discuss the issues here at home. Honda has skipped numerous candidate forums in the last few months, and now he’s insisting his busy schedule won’t allow him to attend a single debate before the June primary. Earlier this week his camp gave San Francisco Chronicle political columnist Carla Marinucci the runaround about an available debate date, after the newspaper had joined two television stations to offer up a forum with three available times. Honda refused to RSVP to any of them. “Unfortunately, when candidates refuse to engage in debate, it leaves a vacuum too often filled by super PACs and special interests,” said Ro Khanna, a corporate attorney challenging Honda. The reluctance from Honda’s camp to make the seven-term incumbent available to the press has raised some concerns. Late last year, he granted just a single 30-minute interview for a San jose Inside story on the race. By comparison, we should have felt lucky. Honda passed on giving CNN an interview altogether, leaving the writer to spill almost all of his ink on Malaysia Air Flight 370—er, we mean Khanna and Republican challenger Vanila Singh. As a result, Honda’s no-show record has left his messaging to constituent outreach, which lately appears to be awfully similar to campaign pieces. More than 40,000 constituent mailers bear a striking resemblance to the verbiage on campaign pieces handed out around the same time. The campaign brochure also uses the slogan, “Delivering for Silicon Valley.” On the brochure sent out by Honda’s district office, he’s “Delivering for Us.” Long distance, of course.