Political Radar

"808 State Update"

December 24th, 2014

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After his loss in the November general election, Republican gubernatorial candidate James "Duke" Aiona is moving on to the next phase of his political life: a talk radio show.

In a holiday email sent to supporters on Wednesday, Aiona outlined his immediate future:

First, I will continue my legal practice with an emphasis on Estate Planning, Family Law, and Mediation.

I am excited to let you know that on January 5, 2015 I will co-host the “808 State Update” daily radio show on 940 am KKNE, along-side producer and co-host Dawn O' Brien. The show will air Monday through Friday from 3pm – 5pm.

O'Brien was Aiona's campaign spokes­woman and is a former radio show host on KAIM-FM The Fish, a Christian station.

Aiona said the show's mission is to "inspire, educate and engage" listeners on the state's political process in an effort to increase civic participation in government and voter turnout. Topics also will include other issues important to Hawaii, such as sports, finance, education and health. He also expects to have a daily educational feature on civics and surprise guests, too.



5 Responses to “"808 State Update"”

  1. Ted Baker:

    Good for him. I am not a fan, personally or politically, but if we are going to have viable alternative choices at election time, we need people to have an ongoing presence, to defend/debate their positions publicly, and not just show up every 2/4 years and claim to be legitimate candidates.

  2. Eric Ryan:

    This must be a new denomination of "Christian". How does one square deliberately misleading voters into believing Aiona would fight for righteousness by overturning certain laws when he absolutely no intention of ever doing so. Four years ago, he promised the sheep that he would be the shepherd who leads the drive to amend the state constitution to allow marriages between opposite-sex couples only. Well, he didn't lift a finger, not even a toe. Then in 2014 he gets his flock all fired up with even more feigned righteousness about overturning the Democrats' same-sex marriage law (SB1) while SIMULTANEOUSLY telling other audiences (along with his 'righteous' running mate Ahu) that we had ZERO plans to ever lift a finger or a toe to repeal that very law. The guy is a big phony-baloney. He didn't even show up to testify one way or the other on SB1 during the infamous special session. Only fools still follow this guy and his liberal social and liberal economic agenda. It's time for Aiona and Djou and their puppetmasters to go away.

  3. Eric Ryan:

    For the record, my typo of "we" before "ZERO plans" should absolutely have been written "he". There is no possible "we" in this or any conceivable scenario. And I'm completely confused by the comment of "Ted Baker" above. When push comes to shove, Aiona and Ige agree on virtually every issue. An alternative choice only exists when alternative views/positions are in evidence. Good luck identifying even one substantial issue where Aiona and Ige ACTUALLY disagree. Aiona's disappearance during the Abercrombie years speak volumes. His political nonexistence and donation(s) to Mufi Hannemann's campaign prior to signing a GOP party card showing up out of nowhere as Lingle's running mate in 2002 speaks even louder.

  4. Kolea:

    A radio talk show host? Boy, that is creative, thinking outside of the box for a Republican!

    While Dawn O'Brien has a likable personality, she was a hardline religious zealot, serving as a major conduit for organizing social conservative Christians against equality for gays and lesbians and then trying to lead that same energy into Aiona's campaign.

    The combination of Aiona becoming a conservative talk radio personality and his partnership with O'Brien signals that we don't have to worry about Duke developing a political understanding likely to challenge the Democratic domination of Hawaii's political scene.

    Now, we only have to worry that Republicans might begin to see the profound brilliance of Eric Ryan's strategic leadership. His track record makes him a serious threat to Democrats and RINOs alike.


    Happy New Year!

  5. Ted Baker:

    Both "Eric Ryan" and Kolea could be right here!

    My point, that "Eric Ryan" seemed not to have apprehended, is that 2-4 years of "Duke and Dawn" will make it abundantly clear that he is not a viable alternative candidate for statewide office and we won't have to spend our precious election-year time considering him. Given what we've seen overt the years from Duke, I doubt he will generate much momentum for anyone else, for that matter.

    And that was Kolea's point: with a daily show, there will be little or no chance for Duke to hide from what he is or is not and build any momentum of his own.

    Maybe "Eric Ryan" has a candidate or candidates of his own he'd like to propose?

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