Political Radar


January 24th, 2014

State Senate President Donna Mercado Kim announced on Friday that she had raised $330,000 during the past quarter for her campaign for Congress.

Kim has the highest name recognition of the six Democrats in the primary for urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District and political analysts consider her the early favorite.

From Kim:

Since announcing my candidacy on November 6th, the support has been overwhelming. In 7 short weeks this campaign raised $330,000 with just 5% coming from PAC’s and 5% from out of out of state. This is an indication of the kind of broad based support that I’m seeking and humbly appreciate.

The other contenders are state Rep. K. Mark Takai, Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson, Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang, state Sen. Will Espero and activist Kathryn Xian.

Former congressman Charles Djou is considering a run in the Republican primary.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is vacating the seat to challenge U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

8 Responses to “$330k”

  1. kamaaina808:

    Hopefully Anderson will see his CD1 votes go up in smoke should the ill-conceived Bill 5 pass.

  2. Flying:

    I wonder how much of that $330k is money she returned to donors from her State account and then had them cut a check for the Congressional race making her number look good. Hmm....

  3. sue:

    Mercado Kim should be getting a lot of support from religious right for her defense of traditional marriage.

  4. Especially Incognito:

    If Djou is for Hawaii's people
    and not the party like lingle,
    Charles may be a great candidate.

  5. ohiaforest3400:

    Sue, what "defense of traditional marriage" did Donna undertake? She said NOT ONE WORD during the special session, other than voting "no" on SB1. I'm sure that's enuf for opponents of SB1 to put her in the class of candidates they would consider supporting, but if another candidate actually articulates a position consistent with that vote, her support from the opponents will evaporate. As will support from supporters of SB1 who will give her a pass on her vote as long as she doesn't go all ideological about it. She's trying to have her cake and eat it, too. The perfect politician. But, if she's not careful, she won't get either.

  6. Nala007:

    As a supporter of SB1, I would never give Donna Kim a pass. Sorry Ohiaforest but you overestimate are willingness to turn a blind eye to her vote.

  7. ohiaforest3400:

    Apologies, Nala, I did not mean to suggest that ALL supporters of SB1 would give Donna a pass. I meant to suggest that there are those (and I think there are a LOT of them) who either supported SB1, or at least did not oppose it, for whom that it is not a litmus test issue. I would never vote for Donna, no matter what position she took on SB1, because of the many positions she's taken in the past and the utterly self-absorbed, self-promoting, and ideologically unprincipled person that she is.

  8. Especially Incognito:


    Civil Unions is a law and Same Sex Marriage
    is a law. Get over it and move on. Maybe Hillary Clinton
    should run for Hawaii Senate. LoLo.

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