Political Radar

'No comparison'

June 16th, 2014

Former Gov. Ben Cayetano is endorsing U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in her bid for the U.S. Senate against incumbent U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

Cayetano cut a one-minute radio spot for the Hanabusa campaign that went live Monday.

In it, Cayetano says Hanabusa has the "experience, maturity and wisdom" to make a great senator, adding that she knows what it is like to struggle and work hard.

From the ad:

"When you look at the experience of the candidates and their records, there is no comparison. Colleen's record is remarkable. She demonstrated the leadership qualities that made her the first female senate president in Hawaii’s history. She had the courage to make hard decisions. I've been in some tough battles with her, but after each one I gained a growing respect for her abilities."

You can listen to the full spot here:.

Hanabusa and Schatz are facing off in the Democratic primary election in August.


3 Responses to “'No comparison'”

  1. innocent observer:

    Agree, Hanabusa is by far the superior candidate in all aspects.

  2. Kolea:

    It is disappointing to see Governor Cayetano making this very weak case for Hanabusa so shortly after he presented a well-reasoned explanation for no longer supporter Neil Abercrombie. I thought his reasoning for abandoning Abercrombie was principled, meaning it was rooted in principles. His explanation for why he supports Hanabusa is devoid of any appeal to principle. Instead, it seems based upon an appreciation for Hanabusa's personal trait of being a fighter for her own advantage, as well as for those in her district.

    I have misplaced my copy of Ben's political memoir, but it has a lot of unflattering things to say about his experiences with Hanabusa, the same experiences which he now appears to think merit our respect. When she helped her friend and supporter, the developer Jeff Stone, get a $70 million tax credit from the taxpayers on a promise he would build a "world-cass" aquarium at Kapolei, Governor Ben was outraged. Now, I guess he thinks that demonstrates her "loyalty." Or, perhaps, her ability to "get things done."

    When she colluded with the Bishop Estate trustees to protect them and their inflated salaries--stolen from programs for Hawaiian children--Governor Ben was outraged. Now, with the passage of time, he has decided her actions were "tough decisions" and he respects her for going against public opinion.

    I can recognize the psychological motivations for feeling a comradeship with those I have previously battled. I think it is a variant of nostalgia. Perhaps combined with a desire for peace, at long last. Kumbayah.

    But the Governor Cayetano who fought against so many of Hanabusa's earlier actions did so on principle. She was wrong and he--at the time--was correct to have fought against her. His individual desire to bond with her, two battle-scarred warriors, sharing a common skepticism of relative "youngsters" like Schatz, who were not forced to make the same, "tough decisions," while understandable, should not be allowed to cloud the unethical dimensions of Hanabusa's exercise of real politic in pursuit of more power for her self and wealth for her supporters.

    Hawaii, the nation and the world cannot afford the kind of "tough decisions" Hanabusa has already displayed in her efforts to forge alliances to bring home federal pork to Hawaii. There are principled ways of doing that and unprincipled. Hanabusa has already shown, for example, by her views on drilling for oil in the Alaskan wilderness, that she wants to re-create the kind of deal Inouye had fashioned with Ted Stevens, whereby Hawaii and Alaska, the 50th and 49th states, trade away the health of the global climate in exchange for increased military spending Hawaii and funds for projects like "the Bridge to Nowhere" in Alaska.

    Another example of her ability to "make tough decisions" was her collusion with the pharmaceutical companies, which were to have launched "independent" attack ads against Schatz, in exchange for her support of legislation which preserved their high profits by raising drug costs for senior citizens. It would have been a replay of the PRP attack ads directed against Cayetano when he ran for mayor.

    We need a new type of politics where the longterm good of the environment and the overall economy are not so readily traded for campaign contributions and pork with which to reward her supporters. The way to find our path through the clouds Hanabusa's campaign and, unfortunately, Cayetano are producing is the follow a PRINCIPLED approach, not some veterans nostalgic respect for a former adversary.

  3. Especially Incognito:

    Bi-partisan meaning going both ways.

    I heard politicians complain of making too little money
    working part-time.

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