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Realtors endorse Hannemann

By Star-Advertiser staff


The National Association of Realtors has endorsed former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann for Congress.

The trade group has about 1.1 million members nationally.

Hannemann is running in the Democratic primary to replace U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, who is campaigning for the U.S. Senate. He faces Honolulu City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard, Hilo attorney Bob Marx, former state Office of Hawaiian Affairs chief advocate Esther Kiaaina, and patient rights' attorney Rafael del Castillo in the primary.

"Mufi Hannemann has been a strong leader for Realtors and homeowners," Myoung Oh, director of government affairs for the Hawaii Association of Realtors, said in a statement. "He has demonstrated that affordable housing is a goal that can be realized through public-private partnerships and that the federal government can do more in this arena. For instance, Congress could create incentives for building affordable housing both in the rental market as well as in home ownership. There are many ways to approach this problem and we feel his experience and success in bringing together the public and private sectors will be beneficial in addressing the housing affordability issue in Hawaii."

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Wazdat wrote:
Oh please...anyone but MOFEE, he was the WORST mayor this city has ever seen.
on June 7,2012 | 01:53AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
on June 7,2012 | 03:00AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Of course realtors love Mufi. They're going to make billions from mufi's choo choo.
on June 7,2012 | 04:59AM
peanutgallery wrote:
ding! ding ding ding ding! We have a winner! Already made plenty, but what's wrong with a few more million among friends?
on June 7,2012 | 05:59AM
kainalu wrote:
Hmm? Exactly HOW does the Rail make money for realtors? Unless you're trying to say that the rail will drive up the property values everywhere - which would make property owners ecstatic, eh?
on June 7,2012 | 06:33AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Transit Oriented Development means constructing a huge wall of Hong Kong style condos along the southern shore of Oahu. Each building has hundreds of condos. Real estate people sell condos. Am I going too fast for you, 'cause I can type slower if comprehension is a problem?
on June 7,2012 | 09:08AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Should we get a couple of those coloring books and crayons that my tax dollar paid for. Then we can draw pictures and color them in.
on June 7,2012 | 09:53AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Goofi has been dipping his beak for decades. Time to send him packin'.
on June 7,2012 | 05:57AM
kainalu wrote:
A "realtors" endorsement changes everything - lol.
on June 7,2012 | 06:30AM
Oye_Como_Va wrote:
Crooks gotta stick together!
on June 7,2012 | 06:33AM
Hank13 wrote:
Too bad. Now we have less respect for the realtors. Fortunately these decisions are made by few and don't include all the realtors.
on June 7,2012 | 06:47AM
realist3463 wrote:
I guess it proves you do not have to be smart to be a realtor. He probably would not be any worse than Abby. When the heck are we going to learn we have to get rid of these cronies and elect individuals to office who are competent and have as their goal the best interest of the community and the country and not their own aggrandizement. Darn few politicians who go to an elected office and don't return rich. We need to dispose of the political royalty that has grow up in this country and unfortunately the only way to do that is through a constitutional amendment establishing term limits and a total restriction on legislators voting on any pay or benefit increase that they can receive during the entire period in which they hold that office.
on June 7,2012 | 07:32AM
McCully wrote:
This is one of the biggest joke endorsement so far. Realtors drive up the cost of a home, collect their commisions and then just don't pay their taxes.
on June 7,2012 | 07:39AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Why in the heck would any resident of Oahu want "Mo' Fees" Hannemann in a position of power again? He abandoned the Mayor's office leaving us with this half-baked but over-priced train and the safe infrastructure problems he promised he would fix but managed to raise the cost of everything on his way out the door.

Then he got his okole handed to him in the Governor's race after bullying, offending and insulting practically everyone on the island.

He got caught pretending he was meeting with congressmen about the train, when in fact he was at a Pittsburg fundraiser hosted by corporations bidding on the contracts for the rail project and having flown to the mainland at Oahu taxpayer expense. Even their "tax number" was fake.

How can anyone consider voting for this man?
on June 7,2012 | 08:07AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Hey I wished that I had thought of that one MO FEES HANDYMAN.
on June 7,2012 | 12:18PM
Wazdat wrote:
on June 7,2012 | 07:22PM
Pukele wrote:
Slowly people are figuring it out that the reason we are the only city our size in the country that is building an elevated heavy rail system is that Mufi thought he could use the building industry and union endorsements to help him reach the Governor’s mansion. Now six years later, the city is defending itself in Federal Court because Mufi did not want to look at all the alternatives, just elevated heavy rail. When the city looses in court, Mufi is to blame. When Honolulu wastes over 300 million dollars of our transit tax money, Mufi is to blame. When West Oahu commuters finally realize that rail will not provide any detectable traffic relief, Mufi is to blame.
on June 7,2012 | 08:37AM
Hank13 wrote:
Let's not have ourselves to blame IF he gets into office. Don't vote him in!!!!
on June 7,2012 | 01:00PM
Wazdat wrote:
Yes MoFee's legacy will be the rail debacle and hopefully the voters of this state are not that dumb to vote him in??? Oh thats right we have some dumb voters in da islands who vote the same DONKEYS in every election.
on June 7,2012 | 07:23PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Well, nothing says integrity like being in real estate. Except maybe chicken fighting and used car sales.
on June 7,2012 | 09:06AM
loquaciousone wrote:
The term used cars is now passe. They now call it pre-owned. It's like salesclerks are now team members, janitors are sanitation engineers, and politicians are convicted felons.
on June 7,2012 | 10:08AM
false wrote:
Convicted Felons? Okay.
on June 7,2012 | 12:08PM
false wrote:
Of course, for the real estate business on either side of TheTrain.
on June 7,2012 | 12:07PM
mcc wrote:
I am a Realtor, I do not support Mufi! Tulsi is the one to vote for. Mufi is tainted with the rail and his crony developers are looking for more things for the Realtors to sell. Go Tulsi!
on August 7,2012 | 11:52AM
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