VoteVets

July 22nd, 2014
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VoteVets, the political group that works to get veterans elected to public office and played a key role in helping elevate the name recognition of Tulsi Gabbard two years ago, is back in Hawaii with a new television ad in support of state Rep. Mark Takai in his bid for Congress.

The group on Tuesday announced it was making a $100,000 independent expenditure in support of Takai.

Funds are being put toward air time and a 30-second TV spot that highlights Hawaii's record of service to America, including the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment, and Takai's work to get veterans much-needed health care. The ad:

Takai, a lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard, has served in the state House since first winning election in 1994. He is foregoing re-election to that seat in 2014 in a bid for the 1st Congressional District, representing urban Oahu.

Others in the race include: State Sens. Donna Mercado Kim and Will Espero, City Councilmen Ikaika Anderson, Stanley Chang and Joey Manahan, and human rights advocate Kathryn Xian. The winner is likely to face Republican and former congressman Charles Djou in November.

Based in Washington, D.C., VoteVets had a significant presence during the 2012 2nd Congressional District Campaign. The group spent $317,000 in air time and ads supporting Gabbard, then a first-term Honolulu City Councilwoman, who was badly trailing former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann at the outset of the race but came back to win the Democratic primary.

By law, an independent expenditure may not be coordinated with a campaign, but can focus on issues that benefit a candidate.

Founded in 2006,  VoteVets is backed by over 400,000 supporters. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.

 

10 Responses to “VoteVets”

  1. Sayer:

    VoteVets is a great organization and while we need vets in office, I think ultimately that will not be the deciding factor in this race.


  2. Chicken Grease:

    When Adam Lambert competed on that particular season of American Idol, a Grease offered -- yes, I believe 'twas on one of these Star-Advertiser boards -- that the singer "was a laser gun with unlimited ammunition among a cadre of stone and wooden weapons."

    This is the same with Takai in this race. There is no one better for this office. And along with Tsutsui and Schatz, Takai is part of this 50th state's efforts to usher ("in the club with m'homies" . . . oh, sorry, tangent) in the dawn of the X Generation sorely needed in this current political milieu. The baby boomers seem to think they are filled with vampiric/eternal blood and -- if Schatz doesn't want to say it -- at least for local politicians (and, heck, those on the national level) time to at least mentor or get out f the way if they don't want to help the next generation of politicians understand the nuances and ways and means (to which a Grease would also tell the boomers -- "no worry anyway. We'll succeed with or without your help). Abercombie's most probably the only exception, having done the smart move of appointing Schatz into the late Senator Inouye's seat).

    Takai has the smarts, connections, and know how. Mercado-Kim seemed to be the front runner, but, maybe she don't want it anymore, maybe wanna stay closer to home as son attends law school whatever (remember THAT tale involving what's-her-name-refuse-to-live-on-college hill-whatever?). Surely thought li'l Kim would've gotten the Star-Advertiser endorsement, with her really devastating and fun set regarding the "I can't go and see-pardon-the-pun Stevie Wonder concert" situation.

    And, yes, Takai would also help fill out another element badly needed in Washington politics -- availability of our great service men and women of our great U.S. armed services. Problem is, Djou is also this (ooooh. Takai vs. DJou debate might have to go PPV; there won't be any debate like it).

    As a Grease side note (and a Grease knows that you fine people love those ;)), a Grease not sure why comments are "off" for the previous post -- the Ige "values" (heh, reminded a Grease of Addams Family Values) ad while comments are (or were) "on" for any/all Abercrombie videos; come on, Star-Advertiser. Don't start showing bias, now.


  3. innocent observer:

    greasy chicken - another senseless rant. go back in your cave.


  4. zzzzzz:

    So who will they support if the general election ends up being Takai vs. Djou, both vets? Will they just sit it out, happy that a vet will get in either way?


  5. Hmmm:

    Takai hasn't done anything on healthcare...

    Kim's jingle is an embarrassment...

    Ikaika is a pretty good guy...

    Xian is sharp but has no chance...

    Chang has brains but hasn't got any mojo...

    Espero has good intentions but is missing something...

    Very weak field frankly...

    Ed or Mufi should have apologized for past indiscretions and run... Think either would have won with 30%+

    Djou could actually beat the dem primary winner...


  6. Chicken Grease:

    Hmmm:
    July 22nd, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    . . . Djou could actually beat the dem primary winner...

    Not a chance. Djou's kind of like the brainy cousin or nephew home from college who laughs at the wrong moment and the kind that you barely want to acknowledge at Christmas time (oh, wait, let a Grease say it for some of you -- "oh, I thought the same of YOU, Grease" bwahahahah forgot to laugh).

    Whomever (Takai) D gets in, he's (yes, HE) as good as our next rep, urban Honolulu.


  7. gale:

    The VoteVets ad is a turn off because of the way it seems to be using the 442.

    Hmmm... you forgot Joey Manahan.


  8. Manoa_Fisherman:

    This was received from a friend of mine who served with Takai.

    "He kept talking about his military experience but truth is all the guys at the Guard know he is a phony, grand standing a@#$hole. He made up his own "deployment" after he cowardly stayed home the first time because he was too afraid of losing his House seat like Gabbard. Now he wants to follow Gabbard's path she set to get to Congress by saying he is a "combat vet" but actually he was never issued any ammo nor allowed to go "hot" meaning lock n load outside the wire. He stayed where the Starbucks, BurgerKing and Pizza Hut restaurants were at.

    Even I don't consider myself a "combat vet" because I don't want to belittle those guys who really did the ass fighting for us. I believe he just ventured at best into Iraq. He was only in Kuwait and actually caught fooling around and got a soldier severely injured. This soldier lost part of his skull when he fell out of the vehicle that Takai was either driving or riding in. They were joy riding around the base when this happened. He never talks about it but everybody knows about it. I see this injured soldier from time to time and before we would talk a lot now he can't even remember me.

    The now General in charge was so pissed at Takai's antics that he refused to have him along for the trip back home. He made another LTC take him back with his unit. In the Guard no one wants to deal with him."


  9. Chicken Grease:

    Manoa_Fisherman:
    July 25th, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    This was received from a friend of mine who served with Takai.

    "He kept talking about his military experience but truth is all the guys at the Guard know he is a phony, grand standing a@#$hole. He made up his own "deployment" after he cowardly stayed home the first time because he was too afraid of losing his House seat like Gabbard. Now he wants to follow Gabbard's path she set to get to Congress by saying he is a "combat vet" but actually he was never issued any ammo nor allowed to go "hot" meaning lock n load outside the wire. He stayed where the Starbucks, BurgerKing and Pizza Hut restaurants were at.

    Even I don't consider myself a "combat vet" because I don't want to belittle those guys who really did the ass fighting for us. I believe he just ventured at best into Iraq. He was only in Kuwait and actually caught fooling around and got a soldier severely injured. This soldier lost part of his skull when he fell out of the vehicle that Takai was either driving or riding in.

    SO who the heck's your friend!?! Is his middle name "Hearsay?" Let's look into HIS background, see if we can trust his "assessment" that no one else is saying about Takai!!! Yeah. You gotta go to the "friend" that sends you a message. Uh-huh. Sounds similar to the "two black guys who mugged" people explanation, now sold in stores if a Grease isn't mistaken.

    This is not Takai. See if your friend is brave enough to say all that to Takai's face instead of sending a message to you, whatever. Yeah, different story now, eh, _fisherman?


  10. Chicken Grease:

    * * * 08/01/2014, 8:30am newsflash; Takai campaign * * *

    Per Takai campaign e-mails:

    Today, we received great news. In the latest independent Civil Beat poll, we are now leading by seven percent (30% for me to 23% for Donna Kim). We have had the momentum for the past month and this just confirms that we can win . . .

    So, you and your pal enjoy, _fisherman.


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