Political Radar


July 28th, 2013

Christopher Raymond, deputy chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa who is caught up in a campaign-finance flap, sent an email to House staffers in May inviting lawmakers to support Hanabusa's Democratic primary campaign against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

Raymond wanted other lawmakers to attend or lend their name to a June event at Hanabusa's home and to donate $1,000 to her Senate campaign.

Peter Boylan, a Hanabusa campaign spokesman, had said Saturday that Raymond had no role in the Hanabusa campaign.

Boylan clarified on Sunday that Raymond had been trying to help the campaign on his personal time but had no official role.

"He no longer has a role with the campaign," Boylan said.

Here is the Raymond email from May:

Thank you for sending me your email address.  I have two questions for you.  First -- my boss is having a members only event at her house on June 26th to support her Senate campaign and I wanted to extend the invitation to your boss.  Right now we are looking for members to lend their name to the invitation even if they do not plan on attending.  Do you think your boss would be willing to lend their name?

Second -- we are asking if members might be willing to donate at least $1k to her Senate race.   I attached a sample from our most recent poll.  We have a 22% lead in the primary but as my boss was deciding on what seat to run for (Governor or Senate) we were out raised by 4 to 1 ($250k to $1.1mill).  Any help would be a big help.  Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

8 Responses to “Invitation”

  1. Kolea:

    Ohia, How can you see this stuff and not gag? I am TRYING to remain neutral in the race, as there are certain commitments from the candidates which could still sway me. There are issues where I have concerns with the views of BOTH candidates.

    But these constant stumbles from the Hanabusa campaign are just too revealing about what is going on behind the curtain. It is BUSINESS as usual, the selling out of a candidate to the big money of corporate special interests. Yes, that is, in a sense, a continuation of the Inouye legacy. But he was generally less obvious about it. I am a good Democrat and don't want to call our Congresswoman Hanabusa on this. But she has got to meet me halfway and not be so blatantly obvious. Keep it BEHIND the curtain, be discrete, galldurnit!

    (And to see Peter Boylan, a charming, intelligent and decent young man, engage in such Orwellian apologetics, is hard to endure. Get out, Peter, while you still have your soul intact!)

    So yeah, this is undermining my desire to remain neutral. I guess the test will be when (if) Schatz screws up badly.

  2. Manoa_Fisherman:

    What a moron.

  3. ohiaforest3400:

    Kolea, who says I'm NOT gagging? I'm just enjoying your writing more than I'm gagging, LOL! While it's still early, if the Hanabusa campaign keeps up this away, the fumble/stumble/bumble (thank you Chris Berman) of the Hanabusa campaign will become the rule, rather than the exception, and all of the issues you and I care about will become secondary.

    I can just hear the homogenous, but so far very disciplined, Schatz campaign sniggering all the way to the bank (so to say). After all, if your opponent keeps shooting herself in the foot, it almost doesn't matter what your shortcomings might be. So far, the comedy of errors has been the gift that keeps on giving to the Schatz campaign.

  4. Goober:

    Seems one can talk but should run for office.

    Put your money where your mouth is.
    Oops, that why you gag. Too big a task.

    One thing mainland transplants should know
    is that Hawaii people are liberal because
    we do depend on each other. Conservatives
    or those of the "H" word do not see this.
    Change Hawaii to the mainland and you
    get maroon type of people. Third world
    thinking we have enough. Enough wind
    without more wind from those without breath.

  5. Especially Incognito:

    Old maids by the time it passes. Too old to enjoy.

  6. Sayer:

    Colleen could still overcome this but she needs to come out with a more positive platform than just "Inouye's legacy." She's not Inouye and needs to stand on her own feet. These campaign mishaps could really wreck any momentum she's picked up so far.

  7. Manoa Kahuna:

    Mahalos to Derrick DePledge for this coverage.

    This is becoming hysterical.

  8. Goober:

    Instead of hannabuse and schatz, both should run
    for different offices and spread the power.
    I see hidden foes popping up like Djou or lingle and
    if either one gets in Hawaii is conservative by take over.

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