Political Radar

Realtors endorse

June 3rd, 2014

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard have earned the backing of the Hawaii Association of Realtors in their respective congressional races.

Arabel Camblor, president-elect of the Hawaii Association of Realtors, said the group recognized the two Democrats because of their support for homeownership and private property rights and their leadership on key real estate issues.

Schatz faces an August primary challenge from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa.

In a news release issued today, Camblor said:

“Senator Schatz and Congresswoman Gabbard have been vocal supporters of vital tax incentives that help make homeownership affordable for middle class families. Their support for legislation that reversed unaffordable increases in flood insurance premiums is critical to Hawaii families whose rates had increased exponentially in the last year. We look forward to continuing to work together with them to promote homeownership in Hawaii.”

The Hawaii Association of Realtors, which has 8,300 members involved in all aspects of the sale, purchase, exchange or lease of real property in Hawaii, made the endorsement in conjunction with the National Association of Realtors Political Action Committee.

The filing deadline for political candidates is 4:30 p.m. today. The complete list of candidates can be found here: Hawaii Office of Elections.


16 Responses to “Realtors endorse”

  1. innocent observer:

    there goes schatz again - begging for endorsements.

  2. Especially Incognito:

    "Big Yellow Taxi"

    "They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot
    With a pink hotel, a boutique
    And a swinging hot SPOT
    Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you've got
    ‘Til it's gone
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot

    They took all the trees
    And put them in a tree museum
    Then they charged the people
    A dollar and a half just to see 'em
    Don't it always seem to go,
    That you don't know what you've got
    ‘Til it's gone
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot

    Hey farmer, farmer
    Put away that DDT now
    Give me spots on my apples
    But LEAVE me the birds and the bees
    Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you've got
    ‘Til its gone
    They paved paradise
    And put up a parking lot"

    Guess who used to drive a yellow taxi on Oahu.

  3. Manoa_Fisherman:

    The realtors stand to make a lot of money selling all those condos in Kakaako that Schatz's wife controls as the Kamehameha Schools executive in charge of development. Note that all the big developers involved in those same Kakaako condos are big contributors to Schatz as well. "One hand feeds the other" as they say, so the Hawaii Association of Realtors knows full well who butters their bread!

  4. autumn:

    why do realtors endorse T. Gabbard? for Kam School land and condos where? North Shore? Maui or Kona or Lihue?

  5. Karen Chun:

    Wow! You guys don't know why the Realtors endorsed? It's because Hanabusa voted with the GOP for the Simpson-Bowles idea to get rid of the home mortgage deduction.

    Do you know what that would have done to working families trying to buy a home?

    There are times when a progressive and the real estate industry are righteously on the same side and when Hanabusa tried to balance the budget on the back of the middle class, this was one of them.

    Can you imagine the immediate foreclosures if all of us guys counting on the mortgage deduction suddenly lost it and had to come up with literally thousands of extra dollars per year to pay our mortgages (because we were paying that much more in taxes)?

    I'm voting for the man who is standing up with Elizabeth Warren for us working families and not the 1%.

    Hanabusa is all on board with this Simpson-Bowles "Balance the budget on the backs of the middle class" GOP/New Democrat Coalition stuff.

    Like she was all standing up with the New Dems when they proposed CUTTING Social Security and RAISING the age of retirement.

    She may be TALKING about "taking care of our kupuna" but when she's in DC, she's whistling a different tune.

    In fact here's a photo of her standing next to Ron Kind of the New Dems advocating for cutting our Social Security and killing our home mortgage deduction:


  6. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Ms. Chun:

    Schatz is soon to be part of that wonderful 1% when he plays ball with real estate developers, Kamehameha Schools, the giant banks (Citi, BOA, Chase & Wells Fargo), Bloomberg, and the financial industry of the East Coast.

    Like Chris Dodds and Barney Frank who encouraged and created the Great Recession by requiring subprime loans to be given to unqualified and speculative home buyers, the next "leader" of the Democratic Party's Progressive wing, Elizabeth Warren, will sellout the middle class, the elderly and the entire next generation in order to take control of the Federal government and its bureaucracy. If they ever get control of the White House, god help us because they don't have a clue as to how to run anything, much less an agency that suppose to provide services like Medicare, Medicaid, VA benefits or even surplus cheese.

    Sorry, this Tom Gill democrat is not stupid enough to drink the Kool Aid you are serving to the masses. Gill may have been a real progressive, but he wasn't stupid!

  7. Sayer:

    How much does anyone think endorsements affect the outcome of the election? Not a whole lot I would venture. That being said, home affordability is a HUGE problem for families living on the islands.

  8. matt martin:

    Realtors endorsement?? That's funny. Hmmm...Let's see...High cost of housing ring a bell? Wonder why majority of you have to live with mommy and daddy? That's why...

  9. itoboy:

    Manoa_Fisherman: I will say that as supporter of Hanabusa in the 2010 special, and 2010 and 2012 generals, you are quite delusional if you are saying Hanabusa is not beholden to special interests. Did you see this story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congressional-aide-described-campaign-offer-by-drug-lobby/2013/07/27/cd1f9648-f60e-11e2-a2f1-a7acf9bd5d3a_story.html Apparently, Hanabusa is quite chummy with the big Pharmaceutical lobby, military contractors, and developers like Jeff Stone - not exactly the "masses" that the Dem. Party should be representing. Hanabusa apologists like you blame it on her staff and claim that Hanabusa knows nothing . . . . I think it is you and people like innocent observer that are drinking the Kool Aid, which compromises your credibility. Whatever the circumstances, she is the elected official who is responsible for her office. She has not accepted responsibility or otherwise provide an explanation to her constituents like me as what happened with the issue where her top aide in DC was caught by the Washington Post coordinating an independent expenditure by the drug lobby, which could be illegal.

  10. kamaaina808:

    I don't think endorsements mean a whole lot in the long run because there's no guarantee the members of such groups will vote, en masse, for the candidate.

    @ Itoboy: Having been around more than one campaign in my life, as you have, you know people 'go rogue' and do stupid things. The errant aide resigned - most likely after being asked to by Hanabusa's campaign - and that's 'responsible' enough for me.

    You know what's funny? Even if Hanabusa walked up to your smiling face and explained what happened, you wouldn't accept it anyway. 🙂

  11. Manoa_Fisherman:

    To itoboy:

    I didn't say that Hanabusa did not have any baggage, because every politician has a proverbial closet full of perceived skeletons by their opposition. All I was pointing out was that Schatz's ties to big money and their interests in Hawaii and the East Coast power structure is not lost on some voters.

    Even Tom Gill had some "scary friends" with the backing of the some of the union bosses with shady ties. However, the main point is to inform the voters that Schatz has clear ties to those interest who wish to "pave paradise and put up a parking lot" as EI pointed out in #2 above.

    To kamaaina808:

    Right on, brah! T'anks.

  12. itoboy:

    kamaaina808: I do not disagree that members do not always follow endorsements. As far as the errant aide, I guess I hold my elected officials to a little higher standard - there should have been an explanation from the person I voted for - not simply a resignation from a fall guy; but it's not just this incident - it's all the others that have been reported through the years that troubles me, like these: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Mar/03/ln/ln01a.html/ And like this one, too: http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Mar/04/ln/ln03a.html And you know what's really funny, the only time Hanabusa ever smiles is when she shoots a snarky commercial like the one she has on social security, and even then she doesn't pull it off very well; so unless you are "somebody" she won't walk up to you with a smiling face.

  13. Especially Incognito:

    Most people living in Hawaii are retirees from the mainland.
    Like geese they migrate south when north is too cold.

    Like we need more wind. Raise more Cain.

  14. kamaaina808:

    @itoboy - Just to clarify: the first comment was IRT the blog post; the second reply was to you.

    I get you don't like Hanabusa - fair enough. On disagreements, etc: It's unrealistic to expect any politician to sit down personally & explain the 'whys & what fors' with every constituent that feels they're owed it, 'higher standards' or not.

    BTW, I was talking about your smiling face, not hers. 🙂

    OK that's it. I certainly don't intend to continue hijacking the rest of DDP's blog arguing with you. 😉 Have a great rest of your week!

  15. Especially Incognito:

    Again the wind blows and raising cain.

  16. itoboy:

    Kamaaina808: Exactly my points - you don't like Schatz, and Hanabusa has difficulty smiling (of course you are not talking about her smiling face). Thank you for helping me make these points.

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