By Derrick DePledge
Martin Hamburger, a Washington, D.C., based media consultant who helped Pacific Resource Partnership during the Honolulu mayoral election in 2012, is advising Gov. Neil Abercrombie's re-election campaign.
Hamburger was one of several prominent mainland consultants involved with PRP's negative attacks on former Gov. Ben Cayetano in the mayor's race. Last month, PRP and Cayetano agreed to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by Cayetano, who had claimed the consortium of union carpenters and private contractors unfairly tarnished his reputation.
Cayetano, an old friend and ally to Abercrombie, has broken with the governor and has endorsed state Sen. David Ige in the Democratic primary.
James Bickerton, Cayetano's attorney, has said that he hoped Hamburger and the other mainland consultants for PRP would not be hired in Hawaii again.
Cayetano, however, has been most critical of Andy Winer, a local consultant who advised PRP and is now the chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.
Cayetano has endorsed U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is challenging Schatz in the Democratic primary for Senate.