Choice

July 9th, 2014
By

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has a new television advertisement that the describes the governor as someone who gets things done.

The 30-second spot includes a dig at state Sen. David Ige, his Democratic primary opponent, although does not mention Ige's name.

"I'm supporting Neil Abercrombie because he's gotten things done," one man says.

"The other guy?" another man says. "Meh," shrugging his shoulders.

9 Responses to “Choice”

  1. Especially Incognito:

    Seems that 30 seconds spot, Senator Ige is given
    recognition on a commercial that costs thousands plus,
    FOR FREE.


  2. innocent observer:

    "gotten things done"? what was done? where is the "new day". even if he wins the primary, I will cross over and vote repub in the general. we desperately need a new gov, can't have another 4 years of nothing, we already had 8 years on nothing before him. Maybe this new repub candidate will not be as hard-headed as the prior one.


  3. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Typical wise crack you would expect from a haole, not a local at least not a smart local. Obviously, taking the "high road" is not in the vocabulary of the Abercrombie campaign.

    So what is so good about State paid pre-school, when the regular students don't get essential goods and services? Robbing Peter to pay Paul, does not make a lot of sense. Abercrombie's campaign slogan should be, "My Way or the Highway!". Just look at all the former cabinet and senior staffers who had to "spend more time with their families".

    The revolving door of competent and experienced people left the Abercrombie administration left with those who left the State flounder. For example, look at DCCA's failure to police licensees which resulted deaths of a child and a veteran by dentists who received their licenses by legislative loophole created and promoted by Brian Schatz in 2005.


  4. Guy:

    That was a pretty tame reference. How can a state senator have such thin skin? His people certainly have no hesitation to dish it out about the governor. Sorry, trying to keep an open mind, but let's be honest.


  5. Chicken Grease:

    Manoa_Fisherman:
    July 9th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Typical wise crack you would expect from a haole, not a local at least not a smart local. Obviously, taking the "high road" is not in the vocabulary of the Abercrombie campaign.

    A Grease finds it difficult to heed your gauge of "the high road" with your use of "haole" here, Manoa_. C'mon, bruddah. Thought better of you.

    LOVED this commercial. Funny how "Meh" characterizes an Ige's speech (still think he's a mumbler). Can he deal with Washington-ites and other dignitaries 'round the world w/his seeming laid back-ness and mumbling?

    Not sure what Ige's done in the whole scheme of things. He better start talking about that (and he better make sure I can hear him.

    Guy's right, hear hear. Ige's ship has volleyed a good amount of cannon fire. Dish it in, cripes, it's election season. A Grease didn't think an Ige made a good showing at all on KHET's Island Insights.


  6. Especially Incognito:

    "A Grease finds it difficult to heed your gauge of "the high road" with your use of "haole" here, Manoa_. C'mon, bruddah. Thought better of you." Crystal clear. Chicken Grease don't mess with a Japanese.


  7. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Sorry to offend your sensitive egos, but I really don't remember folks taking cheap shots in political commercials before when it came to the important job telling the voters what a great job a governor has done. It shows that the Abercrombie campaign has "no class" and feels that voters are so stupid that it has "dumb down" its messaging to win votes? I was hoping for more from an incumbent governor who has done some very good things, but has made some very big mistakes in his tenure.

    Again, at DCCA, his director there spent significant state resources creating a complex system to address the "problem" of mortgage abuses under Act 48 three years ago, AND NO ONE EVER EVEN USED THE PROGRAM. Meanwhile, Hawaii citizens are literally dying under the care of professionals given licenses by DCCA, because the agency is asleep at the wheel when it comes to policing licensees. Too bad no one in the Abercrombie administration steps up and says something as simple as, "we will try better".

    I guess my point is that this commercial tries too hard to do too many things and fails as a messaging tool for the Abercrombie campaign which should be putting out separate messaging for each of his successful achievements. From my experience in campaigns, this commercial looks forced and contrived. The people appearing in it remind me of the old commercial made locally about RINSO laundry detergent (I think) during the 1960s that was so bad, it made my generation wince every time it appeared. Not a bad product, just bad messaging.


  8. Guy:

    Manoa_Fisherman, don't be dramatic. Let's not pretend there haven't been cheap shots coming from the Ige camp. It's just the senator lets others fight his battles. And how does a single word, "meh" (not even a word, actually), require a three-paragraph response. I say again, thin-skinned. How does this over-sensitivity convey strength of leadership?


  9. Tyrion Lannister:

    Let the whining about "negative advertising" begin!


Leave a Reply