Political Radar


August 28th, 2014

Cam Cavasso, a former state lawmaker who is the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, tweaked U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz on Thursday after the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied a disaster declaration for Tropical Storm Iselle on Hawaii island.

After the Democratic primary between Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa went into overtime because of the storm, the senator flew to Puna and helped deliver water and other supplies to storm-ravaged residents. Schatz also wrote letters to President Barack Obama and to FEMA supporting a disaster declaration.

Cavasso suggested that Schatz, who touted his ties to the Hawaii-born president during the primary, should have done more to help the state obtain federal aid.

Senator Schatz's campaign advertisements seem to imply he has a direct line to President Obama. The rejection of the disaster declaration shows the people of Hawaii that Schatz has no influence where it matters most, and that is to obtain what is necessary for the people of Hawaii.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi said Thursday that they are working to gather the information necessary for an appeal of FEMA's decision.

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, whose district includes Hawaii Island, said she also was disappointed in FEMA's ruling, but she will work to pursue other avenues of assistance for the community.

Her full statement:

"I am deeply disappointed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency decided to deny Governor Abercrombie's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration, which would have helped so many families in Puna who are still recovering from Hurricane Iselle. It was clear to me during my visit in Puna that assistance is absolutely necessary. While this denial is a setback, it should not discourage us from seeking all other options for assisting our friends and neighbors in Puna. I will continue to work to identify the immediate next steps and pursue alternate forms of assistance, as well as work toward a long-term approach to confront the invasive albizia tree that contributed to much of the damage in Puna.

"In the wake of this disaster, I have been inspired by the dedicated efforts of all those who came together to help the Puna community recover and heal—from the utility workers who worked tirelessly to restore power and water, to the many volunteers who provided food, ice, and other donations. I remain committed to a full recovery in Puna."

7 Responses to “Rejection”

  1. Chicken Grease:

    Wow. Unfair, Cam Cavassolush-hairdo. Senator Schatz should come right back and say, "this is why I want to represent the people as Senator -- so I can fix broken governmental bodies to which we are forced to go to for specific situations -- like the disaster, we know positively now, known as FEMA."

    Ask the people of Louisiana post-Katrina what FEMA stands for (here's a hint: Fix Everything My As$).

    Low blow, Cavasso.

  2. innocent observer:

    nope, no low blow greasy chicken - shatz is deceptive just like his friend winer. he won because he made many false promises - people will see this in the next two years. hope tulsi will run against him in 2016. tulsi will kick hi okole.

  3. concerned citizen:

    Apparently Sen. Schatz has only superficial, photo op interest in the people of the Big Island, or is in fact powerless and unconnected. Just think how weak he will be and how much Hawaii will suffer when the Republicans win the Senate in November. We cannot afford to be without a strong voice in Washington. Time for Cavasso

  4. WestSideTory:

    Cavasso is spot on. There are over 1000 people in Puna devastated from the storm and the best Schatz can due is send a letter to the President and FEMA. Hell he was there he saw the destruction. He worked harder to get his airline union buddies their jobs back on Maui.

  5. Chicken Grease:

    innocent observer:
    August 29th, 2014 at 8:37 am
    nope, no low blow greasy chicken - shatz is deceptive just like his friend winer. he won because he made many false promises - people will see this in the next two years. hope tulsi will run against him in 2016. tulsi will kick hi okole.

    You ain't gonna see Tulsi run for Senate; all that sins from the ex-Republican father will come out -- Schatz is your Senator forever. Deal with it.

    Ah, so, wow, i.o, you've developed a taste for Republican, no? It's no surprise your dissing Schatz when his opponent is a Republican -- didn't you say you'd vote for Aiona (which falls into a Grease's prediction that voters will vote for familiarity vs. still unknown Ige, anyway. You ever try to get to know someone from Pearl City? It's worse than pulling teeth out of a dentist who lives in Pearl City) anyway.

    Sounds like you're beginning to put the "i", "n", "c", "e", "i", "n", and "r" in "innocent observer" are the "i", "n", "c", "e", "i", "n", and "r" in "Republican." You can add your name to the list of the 12-17 Republicans in the state. You know how to take the bus to their HQ on Kapiolani, no?

  6. Pay to play is the game:

    Will the real Senator Schatz please stand up?

  7. OldPro:

    There is barely a sensible, objective, thoughtful comment here. What a bunch of cynics. Do any one of you actually KNOW any of these people you're constantly trashing? Good heavens! What a waste of time.

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