Political Radar

Two reasons

April 30th, 2014

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz highlights the need for gun control in a new campaign advertisement released Wednesday.

Schatz says he favors expanded background checks, closing a loophole at gun shows, and banning assaults weapons. The senator says that two reasons he supports gun control are his children, Tyler and Mia, who appear in the ad with Schatz's wife, Linda.

Two of the first three Schatz campaign ads have featured his family. The senator used the example of his father in law, George Kwok, in an ad about protecting Social Security.

Schatz is facing U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.

11 Responses to “Two reasons”

  1. Chicken Grease:

    This is SO not the time to do this. Now that gun ownership is at an all-time high in Hawai'i nei and the mere hint of concealed carry peeking like the choice fatty portion in a lau lau, why even bring this up, unless Schatz is to cut off HanabUSA at the pass (if you got the gunfighter reference, give yourself 10 points).

    Who's to say Tyler and Mia won't have different POV the day Schatz turns around from campaigning and see them all grown up.

    'Ey, brah. A responsible concealed carry law, yes and amen, in Hava'i'i alreadies. Keep the future mass shooters guessing.

  2. ohiaforest3400:

    It's like the guy is going down a list of issues crafted by mainland/DC campaign spinmeisters. Social Security wasn't an issue in this campaign until he made it one. Gun control has been a non-issue in Hawaii of late. Who does he think his audience is? His DSCC handlers and contributors or the Hawaii voters? Uh, sorry, that was a rhetorical question.

  3. Sayer:

    Gotta agree with Chicken and Ohia on this one - he looks like a puppet of a mainland marketing team.

  4. kamaaina808:

    Gosh, his campaign is about as up-to-date and relevant as "Leave it to Beaver."

  5. Hmmm:

    Wrong... It's a democratic primary... Go left is the winning move and Schatz is savvy as a campaigner...then he will kick the crap out of any general opponent... Wake up

  6. kamaaina808:

    *cue laugh track*

  7. Manoa_Fisherman:

    To "Hmmm":

    You are wrong, it is an open primary, not a "democratic primary" and any voter can pull a democratic primary ballot. All Schatz's commercial did was to remind all those who own a firearm that he is no friend of the Second Amendment. This ad will push those who were previously not inclined to vote for Hanabusa to cast a vote for her to assure that Schatz is not elected.

    Andy Winer miscalculated this issue and spent the money Bloomberg that gave Schatz to push gun control in a state that already has the most stringent firearms laws in the nation. This gives every gun owner in the state a clear reason to cast a vote against Schatz.

  8. Paul Wilson:

    Good for Brian! He's right on the issue and he's got the guts to direct his appeal to the rational voters instead of pandering to the crazies.

  9. Hmmm:

    1. Name recognition and being visible for Schatz is. More important than anything,

    2. The NRA is not active in Hawaii Democratic primaries like his... Not a relevant calculation, left trumps all other matters in his primary,

    3. The heavy majority of GOT efforts in the Dem Primary will steer way clear of any conservatives,

    4. $$$$$$ advantage won Schatz. The LG seat with early spending and is positioning him to win this one too, though it will be truly interesting to see the impact of race on this election

  10. Especially Incognito:

    Once a transplant always a transplant..
    This is Hawaii and not the mainland...

    Same with O'really.....

  11. ED MASAKI:


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