Political Radar

`How sick is that?'

July 2nd, 2013

Walter Dods, the retired banker and longtime confidant to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, took exception on Tuesday night to what he described as suggestions by the news media that Inouye has attempted to control politics from the grave.

Dods and Jeffrey Watanabe, an attorney and Inouye ally, had hand-delivered Inouye's letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie in December in which Inouye urged Abercrombie to appoint U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa to succeed him. Abercrombie instead appointed Brian Schatz, his lieutenant governor.

At a campaign event for Hanabusa Tuesday night at Bishop Museum, Dods said he was bothered by speculation that "someone who has left this earth still wants to control politics.

"How sick is that? It just makes me disgusted to see that's the level of the kind of conversation we have going on in the community."

Dods said that Inouye had the opportunity to measure potential talent for the Senate and recommended Hanabusa, not for himself or his legacy, but because he thought it would help Hawaii.

Hanabusa is challenging Schatz in the Democratic primary.

5 Responses to “`How sick is that?'”

  1. hossana:

    Stupid rumors probably created by the braintrust of Hanabusa's opponent unbeknown to him similar to the Heftel rumors when Heftel was running for office, also. That is about as low as you can get and if the current underlying talk about Inouye trying to control politics from the grave is an example of what the Senate primary campaign will entail, then we are in for some really "dirty politics" between now and the primary.

  2. Goober:

    Someone is pulling strings.

  3. Kolea:

    I have rejected the notion that Inouye had wanted to impose Hanabusa upon Abercrombie. He was offering his best advice in a PERSONAL letter. That was fully appropriate and, perhaps, obligatory. He knew Washington, and he knew Hawaii politics and he thought Colleen would do a good job. He felt an obligation to put in a good word for her. Fine.

    Where it becomes CREEPY is when Watanabe and Dodds released the letter to the press to try to pressure Abercrombie. It continues to be creepy when Hanabusa and her campaign rely upon the Inouye endorsement as a main argument for her election. And when they attack Abercrombie for not "honoring the Senator's dying wish." THAT is creepy.

  4. hipoli:

    Which one is it going to be, Mr. Dods? And Hossana?

    "Because Senator chose her"

    Or not?!

  5. Goober:

    Women cannot.
    They talk using big words
    that have little to say.
    In one's case it is not female.

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