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Hanabusa is the aggressor in debate with Schatz

By Derrick DePledge


In a taut and punchy performance, U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa sought on Monday night to depict U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz as unprepared for the legislative rigor of the Senate.

Hanabusa, who has argued that she is the more experienced legislator, used a Democratic primary debate to suggest that Schatz does not fully comprehend the policy differences he has cited as contrasts between them during the campaign.

While Schatz held his ground on the substance of the issues and did not get drawn in to a fight, Hanabusa took every opportunity to poke at the senator.

Schatz asked Hanabusa whether she regretted her vote last year for an unsuccessful amendment that would have directed President Barack Obama to use the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction plan as a model. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare had urged lawmakers to reject the amendment, contending that Simpson-Bowles was weighted too heavily toward entitlement reform.

Rather than defend her vote, Hanabusa went after Schatz.

"At least, Brian, understand what the bills are and look at them carefully before you make these kinds of accusations," the congresswoman said. "That is not what that vote was about."

Schatz said he "can't wait for the fact-checkers to get after this one," citing the opposition to the amendment from advocates for seniors. "Colleen, you didn't answer the question because you took a bad vote," he said.

Hanabusa also claimed that Schatz did not understand the ramifications of his 2012 vote against a five-year extension of the federal government's expanded power to conduct electronic surveillance against terrorist targets outside the United States. While Schatz was concerned about the privacy of Americans caught up in the surveillance, Hanabusa voted for the extension, arguing that without the law, there would potentially be no restrictions on surveillance.

"Brian, you have to start to read the bills to really understand what you're talking about," Hanabusa said. "You didn't vote to end FISA, what you voted for was to give the president unbridled authority just like [former President] George Bush and [former Vice President Dick] Cheney."

Hanabusa also aggressively challenged Schatz about the role that Andy Winer, his chief of staff, played as a consultant to the Pacific Resource Partnership during the group's negative attacks on former Gov. Ben Cayetano in the mayor's race in 2012.

"So, Brian, what did you know of Andy's involvement in the deplorable smear, as you call it, and when did you know it?," she prodded.

Schatz said he hired Winer because he is a capable chief of staff who has worked for many Hawaii Democrats. But in referring to PRP, the senator said he "will not allow those kinds of tactics to occur under my watch. I am a happy warrior. I'm running a positive campaign. And you know it."

Unsatisfied, Hanabusa said Schatz did not answer the question about what he knew of Winer's involvement with PRP.

The one hour debate, moderated by KITV's Paula Akana and sponsored by KITV and Civil Beat, the news website, was the third of five debates between the candidates before the August primary, but the first to air on statewide television.

The forum produced a few new policy wrinkles.

Hanabusa said she does not believe genetically modified foods are unhealthy and said she stands with farmers and scientists on the issue. In a widening policy split, she said Schatz's support for state and county home rule on GMO regulation would not work.

"You cannot have potentially four different sets of legislation or statutes to govern what can be grown by our farmers," she said. "That would, in and of itself, I believe, kill agriculture, because how can they survive if they have one set of rules in one area, and another ...

"And as someone who wants to be the United States senator, or is the United States senator, look at it in terms of the United States Constitution -- supremacy clause and commerce clause."

Hanabusa, however, said the states, and not the federal government, should determine whether marijuana should be legalized.

Schatz said he does not think Hawaii is ready to legalize marijuana, but does believe there needs to be a national conversation on drug laws that are "incarcerating young men and women and ruining their lives."

Hanabusa said Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor in Hawaii who publicly released documents on government surveillance, should return to the United States and stand trial. "Yes, we learned a lot through what he did," she said. "But was he truly a whistleblower? Those are decisions that the court system has to determine."

Schatz said, "I don't think he's a hero. But I think the main issue here is not so much what we think of Edward Snowden, but how we need to reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to protect our Fourth Amendment rights under the Constitution."

Asked to define Obama's presidency, given a recent poll that rated Obama as the worst president since World War II, Schatz said Obama has been a strong president who has unfortunately faced "unprecedented obstruction" from Tea Party Republicans.

"I think it's really important to understand how dedicated they have been to undermining every bit of his legislative legacy, and still he has been able to keep many of his promises," said Schatz, who helped lead Obama's campaign in Hawaii in 2008 and who has been endorsed by the president. "He's been able to wind down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was able to pass the Affordable Care Act. He's taking action on climate. He's been a leader in civil rights, in gay rights, in women's rights. He's pushing for immigration reform.

"And so, I think, facing unprecedented obstruction, President Obama has been an effective president."

Hanabusa described Obama as "one of us," who has the warmth and affection of the people of Hawaii. But she said she has disagreed with the president on military policy in Iraq and Syria.

Asked about former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's potential presidential campaign in 2016, Hanabusa, who endorsed Clinton over Obama in 2008, said Clinton "has paid her dues, like no one else.

"And, as a woman, I have to tell you, I look upon Hillary Clinton as probably our best chance -- as a woman -- to have a president of the United States."

Schatz said he admires Clinton and hopes she runs, mentioning his son's comment that he thought it was time the nation had a woman president, but the senator would not commit to endorsing her campaign.

Even when the two Democrats were invited to say something positive about each other, Hanabusa found a way to dig at Schatz.

Schatz praised Hanabusa for not taking the primary personally and for her work in the state Senate on oversight of public school compliance with special education standards.

Hanabusa described Schatz as a political survivor. She said Schatz "convinced Neil Abercrombie that he should be appointed to the United States Senate. That's an amazing feat: one vote created somebody as the United States senator for the state of Hawaii. That's something you got to admire."

The congresswoman celebrated her reputation as a policy wonk. "I love being a legislator," she said. "And that is why I have the reputation of reading bills and drilling down in details. And that is why some call me wonky."

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ainaboy wrote:
Colleen's final comment - refusing to say something nice when asked to - shows how at her core she is a bully, disrespectful of others, and ultimately the voters. It is even worse that she wants to rag on a Schatz staffer's former activities, but refuses to answer questions about her own sketchy involvement in the Ko Olina aquarium tax break.
on July 8,2014 | 05:03AM
Wazdat wrote:
Agree. She is a bitter lady who needs to go away. WHAT has she done as an elected leader ??? Besides giving herself a 36% pay raise ? What did she do for the west side when she was in the state house ??? crickets
on July 8,2014 | 05:19AM
1coconut wrote:
Actually Hanabusa made Schatz look like what he is, a very uninteresting pompous University of Hawaii graduate that bends the truth with every political spot he does. On ad touting his support of social security says that's why his in laws live with him but actually its the other way around. Schatz is just like his campaign manager, a manipulating, untruthful person who will do anything to get elected. Brian you are getting to be the master of half truths, or half lies depending on if people are listening.
on July 8,2014 | 05:48AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
He actually graduated from Pomona College, but don't let facts get in the way of your campaign to discredit him.

By the way, I'm curious howyou know the reasons for his family and his in-laws living together? Are his in-laws personal friends of yours who shared their family finances or is it just easier to make stuff up, post it, and hope it sticks?

on July 8,2014 | 06:05AM
OldDiver wrote:
Hanabusa at times was the aggressor but the real story is that it was ineffective aggression. Kind of like a boxer who throws a lot of punches but misses a lot.
on July 8,2014 | 06:20AM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Haven't watched it yet, but will over the weekend. I still can't forget how Bill O'Reilly shredded her awhile back in their interview. For someone who wants me to believe she is capable of working in the big leagues, that image will always be there to remind me of her "preparation".
on July 8,2014 | 06:28AM
hybrid1 wrote:
" So, Brian, what did you know of Andy's (Winer) involvement in the deplorable (PRP) smear, as you call it, and when did you know it?" .......... Schatz has shown to be his true devious person who will never answer this important question. Schatz will end up like Nixon in Watergate when Senator Baker asked " What did you know and when did you know it?"
on July 8,2014 | 08:58AM
inverse wrote:
Because that is what Schatz's own political commercial states why his in laws, including his supposedly legally blind father lives with him. Or are you saying that Schatz's own commercial is untrue and there is a DIFFERENT reason why he and his in-laws are living together?
on July 8,2014 | 12:20PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
"but actually its the other way around"... that's what I was referring to.
on July 8,2014 | 01:11PM
lwandcah wrote:
Half truths, half lies, makes no difference; all it does is qualify him to be a politician.
on July 9,2014 | 12:15PM
itoboy wrote:
Hanabusa has no class. After Schatz genuinely praised her for her work on the Felix Consent Decree, Hanabusa sarcastically fires off that she admires Schatz for convincing his way into an appointment that she thought belonged to her. Hanabusa has so much bitterness.
on July 8,2014 | 10:32AM
Nevadan wrote:
When in doubt, throw out the incumbent.
on July 8,2014 | 10:42AM
Mythman wrote:
`Ko Olina, right, put a casino in the poorest part of town. Ultimate stupidity and a recipe for failure. Remember the acquarium and the Kerzner's 100 million one time payment to the schmucks.
on July 8,2014 | 11:37AM
Hookupaa wrote:
Policy wonk? Underserved and self-congratulatory. Political expedient and horse trading is more her brand.
on July 8,2014 | 05:57AM
OldDiver wrote:
Over the years Hanabusa Achilles heel has been she doesn't do her homework. She is no policy wonk.
on July 8,2014 | 06:21AM
itoboy wrote:
I agree Hanabusa doesn't do her homework - just watch her appearance on the Bill O'Reilly show. She made the whole state look bad by failing to read the actual material she was trying to argue about on national TV.
on July 8,2014 | 09:09AM
hybrid1 wrote:
Itoboy, The problem is that even if Schatz does his homework, he is NOT smart enough to understand the majority of congressional bills in congress. It would be a catastrophe to allow Schatz work for the people of Hawaii!!!
on July 8,2014 | 03:39PM
JimLoomis wrote:
What nonsense! He's bright, he understands the issues, and he's a kind and decent person. Furthermore, he's young enough to achieve plenty of seniority.
on July 8,2014 | 05:53PM
hybrid1 wrote:
Oldster, any specifics?
on July 8,2014 | 09:16AM
hybrid1 wrote:
It is very obvious Schatz does not have the intellect to understand the congressional bills based on his superficial discussion of the issues . He mostly evaded answering the questions. Even after 18 months in Congress, Schatz still cannot comprehend the issues in Congress to adequately serve the people of Hawaii. On the other hand, it was very apparent that the hardworking Hanabusa is a quick-study and has a comprehensive grasp of the Congressional issues discussed at the Debate. Hanabusa is the clear based on answers alone.
on July 8,2014 | 09:15AM
MichaelG wrote:
It shows what a nasty person she really is! Colleen has her own baggage.
on July 8,2014 | 06:03AM
McCully wrote:
Colleen is a desperate politician and I hope the voters vote on the person who will do the best for the state. Why no question on her relationship with developer Stone?
on July 8,2014 | 06:52AM
hybrid1 wrote:
"She is considered one of the bright stars in the House Armed Services Committee with tremendous knowledge of the appropriations process and complete command of our nation’s strategic pivot to Asia. She thinks strategically and is always working to move the United States and Hawaii to positions of future advantage."
on July 8,2014 | 09:17AM
etalavera wrote:
If she is such a "bright star" in the House as you claim, shouldn't she stay in yo the House rather than give up her seniority then retire at the same time as Mazie? Then Hawaii would be in the same predicament when we lost Akaka & Inouye.
on July 8,2014 | 10:04AM
itoboy wrote:
etalavera: Agree with you. Hanabusa feels entitled to the position, which is why she came off as so bitter and condescending.
on July 8,2014 | 10:28AM
maluao wrote:
Agreed with the entitlement part, and the pragmatics of seniority. However, god forbid we're harnessed with Hanabusa and Hirono for another several decades!!! Inouye got what he did for us because he was a commanding presence, as well as seniority. I can't see either of these women going near there.
on July 8,2014 | 12:48PM
sluggah wrote:
Don't see Schatzie as anything resembling a heavyweight, either. It's a choice between middle of the road lightweights.
on July 8,2014 | 03:25PM
hybrid1 wrote:
Maluao, you apparently are not smart enough to see that Schatz will never be Inouye based on his past performance. Hanabusa is the best candidate and Hawaii should be proud that she will represent our state.
on July 8,2014 | 03:45PM
KamaiianaGuy wrote:
So, just to understand your logic...our "bright stars" should stay put, and only the mediocre are supposed to rise? And Patsy Mink, Dan Akaka, and Dan Inouye should have all stayed in the House and never moved to the Senate? Is that your point?
on July 9,2014 | 11:25AM
MichaelG wrote:
I agree, did they forget she de-railed the re-appointment of Marjorie Bronster as AG an an attempt to stop the investigation/removal of Bishop Estate Trustee? Sued the State/Cayetano over the tax credit for Stone? She will only take care of her friends and punish her enemies.
on July 8,2014 | 11:10AM
kwensel wrote:
Too bad we have to choose between these two monkeys but this what the Hawaii politics is all about we don't have many good people to choose from but where was any mention of Neil I thought both of these people endorsed him now they kick him to the curb like garbage and many may try to reelect him hopefully those forget to vote like these two who forgot they thought he was so great for the people of Hawaii. Lets not make the same mistake twice.
on July 8,2014 | 06:59AM
hybrid1 wrote:
Schatz has done squat in his 8 years in the State House compared with Hanabusa who rose to Senate President during the same 8 years. It is folly to believe that Schatz will accomplish ANYTHING in the U.S. Senate.
on July 8,2014 | 09:19AM
etalavera wrote:
Has Hanabata actually done anything recently? You keep pointing to the fact that she became Senate President...that's great, however how many years ago was that? Seems to me all she did was toe-ed the party line and got Margarie Bronster out because she was digging too deeply...
on July 8,2014 | 10:42AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Done anything recently? Compare her record with Tulsi Gabbard and she looks fabulous.
on July 8,2014 | 11:06AM
turbolink wrote:
How can you say that? Tulsi has won several Miss Congeniality contests.
on July 8,2014 | 06:38PM
Mythman wrote:
She got a social promotion due to being a woe man.
on July 8,2014 | 11:43AM
maluao wrote:
Becoming President of a dysfunctional State Senate is hardly a virtue per se. Just goes to show she can schmooze. That could be a detriment, depending upon her agenda.
on July 8,2014 | 01:10PM
hybrid1 wrote:
Maluao, I guess you prefer Schatz who did nothing for 8 years in the house, lost an election to the U.S. congress and bribed Abercrombie to get the U.S. Senate seat. Quite an achievement compared with Hanabusa being State Senate President who was voted in by her senate members.!
on July 8,2014 | 01:52PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
Bribery is a punishable crime. Both offering AND accepting a bribe. Have you got any proof? If so, you should forward it to Federal prosecutors.
on July 8,2014 | 02:42PM
Advsurfsail wrote:
They both suck
on July 8,2014 | 07:06AM
bumba wrote:
on July 8,2014 | 08:08AM
loquaciousone wrote:
How do you say dominatrix?
on July 8,2014 | 07:11AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:

One syllable at a time.

on July 8,2014 | 11:06AM
serious wrote:
Once again, why don't they debate the Jones Act? I'd love to hear their excuses.
on July 8,2014 | 07:50AM
maluao wrote:
Great question. Jones Act was quite the smelly elephant in the room.
on July 8,2014 | 01:11PM
northshoreboy wrote:
Schatz, once comfortable with de facto life tenure, will behave as a neocon-parading-Democrat like California's Feinstein or Boxer. Will be excited to see expansion of War on Terror and eventually Russia-Iran for my grand kids.
on July 8,2014 | 07:56AM
EwaWarrior wrote:
Aggressive hanabutta is messy, unsightly and downright disgusting.
on July 8,2014 | 08:07AM
maluao wrote:
Whoa whoa, I'm not really a fan of hers, BUT let's keep physical beauty out of this! Beauty bias is why Hawaii has so many hot 20/30-something nincompoops, who just graduated a couple years ago (middle of the pack at middle of the pack colleges), running our State legislature!
on July 8,2014 | 01:16PM
glenn57377 wrote:
Hanabusa is a bully and her record does not speak volumes. Why people would want such an un-dynamic person as senator confounds me. Most of what she touted as Obama successes regardless of opposition has turned out to be failures that have labeled him the "worst president, ever." It is laughable she accuses Schatz of not having experience when the Democrats stood behind a presidential candidate that was no more qualified than a fast food restaurant manager - and it has shown. It is sheer folly when people talk about "it is time" to elect a woman, a Latino, an American Indian or whomever. Folly. It is ALWAYS time to elect the most qualified candidate.......regardless of sex or cultural background. How stupid is that?
on July 8,2014 | 08:08AM
Nevadan wrote:
Laughable? I see nothing funny.
on July 8,2014 | 01:56PM
Keolu wrote:
A chimp could do the job that Hanabusa or Schatz will be elected to. They're just going to toe the party line.
on July 8,2014 | 08:20AM
false wrote:
Schatz is in way over his head. A babe in the woods and isn't sharp enough or know enough to refute arguments. Remember, he was not elected, just appointed by Neil. Abbie must be having second thoughts at this time as it's going to hurt his own campaign.
on July 8,2014 | 08:53AM
boolakanaka wrote:
His does lack a certain gravitas for the position. Some folks are country smart, others street smart, and others book smart....he lacks verve--or what we call being ma'a.
on July 8,2014 | 10:18AM
Mythman wrote:
That she would cite the supremacy of federal law over home rule makes her attractive if only I could believe the statement is not just for campaign purposes?
on July 8,2014 | 11:46AM
Kailuaraised wrote:
While Hanabusa is aggressive, Schatz basically sat there and took it without being able to make any rebuttles. Why anyone would vote for Schatz and his COS wiener is beyond me. As bad as Hanabusa is, she's a much better choice than Schatz.
on July 8,2014 | 09:56AM
Wazdat wrote:
Disagree. Hanabusa is a JOKE and she seems like a bitter old women.
on July 8,2014 | 10:45AM
kispest wrote:
Don't trust both of them, period.
on July 8,2014 | 10:05AM
DAGR81 wrote:
schatz talks about glorious plans, but has no idea how to successfully implement these ideas. Nor does he consider the impact and unintended consequences of his glorious plans. schatz, like another person he likes to emulate, is clueless.
on July 8,2014 | 10:07AM
Mythman wrote:
Excuse me - Pres O has been obstructed by the t-party? What ever happened to being able to compromise with the other side in order to get things done. Blaming the other side is not exactly the same thing. And what did he expect - noblesse oblige by the other side? A free pass based on being the first President of color? Come on, now
on July 8,2014 | 11:48AM
DanLBoom wrote:
Voting for the SAME will not get results.Hanabusa and Schatz are THE SAME!! Define: Insane__Doing the same thing over and over again,expecting different results.Thats what your'e doing Hawaii . Open your eyes and see whats happeneing in our country today,that should be prove enough..Vote Balance IMUA
on July 8,2014 | 10:14AM
hybrid1 wrote:
Two former governors, a retired U.S. senator, a retired state Supreme Court chief justice and the widow of U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye stood with U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa sometime ago in a show of strength for her Democratic primary campaign for U.S. Senate. The unspoken message was the guest list. Along with former Gov. George Ariyoshi and former Gov. Ben Cayetano, retired U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald T.Y. Moon and Irene Hirano Inouye, three mayors — Honolulu's Kirk Caldwell, Hawaii County's Billy Kenoi and Kauai's Bernard Carvalho Jr. — and several state House and Senate legislators also were there.
on July 8,2014 | 02:00PM
MichaelG wrote:
Yeah, that's called the Ole Boy Network that dominated the democratic party for the last 60 years. Same group trying to hold on to power. Time to move on.
on July 8,2014 | 10:39PM
Giligan wrote:
Also there was her trucker husband and fellow thugs. Union leaders, as she was a union lawyer. Developers, which she got luxury properties and office rental. Fellow legislators which are enjoying the 36% raise. Abercrombie knows more than we think he knows, give her the boot.
on July 9,2014 | 06:19AM
AlohaKakou wrote:
Not sure that Hanabusa would represent the people of Hawaii well with her angry ranting.
on July 8,2014 | 10:28AM
AFishOutofH20 wrote:
Hannah Busa has to be the aggressor, she's the underdog!!!!!!!!
on July 8,2014 | 10:44AM
2NDC wrote:
My take on Hanabusa - Worthless hack who will only do things that will benefit her. She should have retired a long time ago. Patsy Mink is rolling in her grave seeing how far women in politics has digressed due to the deeds of Hanabusa. My take on Schatz - Political puppet. He's like a beaten puppy that will say/do what he needs to in order to keep his master happy. Very weak representative for the people of Hawaii. Don't think he'd ever be able to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Then again, the people of Hawaii will vote an ape in a suit into office if there is a "D" by their name on the ballot. Both of them will not represent the people of Hawaii very well. I won't be voting for either one of them.
on July 8,2014 | 10:55AM
Mythman wrote:
on July 8,2014 | 11:49AM
Mana wrote:
Ouch is right, but a lot of what 2NDC says rings true.
on July 9,2014 | 11:06AM
Mana wrote:
Very insightful comments. 1.
on July 9,2014 | 11:04AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
No question that Colleen has the bigger set of allas.
on July 8,2014 | 11:04AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Obviously, Brain has no brain because Hanabusa is gonna make an issue of the PRP Weenie in the pie.
on July 8,2014 | 11:20AM
AFishOutofH20 wrote:
She doesn't know what she's doing!!!!!!!!
on July 8,2014 | 11:14AM
Mythman wrote:
Thank god neil's "one vote" instead of Sen Dan's One Vote prevailed and may it endure.
on July 8,2014 | 11:36AM
culi wrote:
Colleen, come back to Honolulu and run for city council, and join the clowns that's there.
on July 8,2014 | 11:47AM
cards_fan wrote:
Just what we need...another bully in Congress (as if we didn't have enough already). Time to fire them all!
on July 8,2014 | 12:34PM
Anonymous wrote:
Good question. Jones Act was quite the smelly elephant in the room.
on July 8,2014 | 01:11PM
maluao wrote:
Sad that all these forum comments are negative, but we'll still probably elect one or the other come November... There are a half-dozen other candidates running too, the forerunner of those seeming to be Cam Cavasso. I'll vote for him!
on July 8,2014 | 01:19PM
Ezdeewilly wrote:
This is what I got out of the debate: Shatz - "Barack Obama and I are best friends" Hanabusa - "But I was friends with him first" Shatz - "No way, haven't you seen my Gun Control commercial? "
on July 8,2014 | 02:14PM
kahaluu96744 wrote:
"Unprecedented obstruction" from the Tea Party? Guess it depends upon your point of view; what do you call the Senate Majority Leader who won't even put any House bill up for debate or vote? Bipartisan does not mean it's "my way or the highway." It means you negotiate and you get some and you give some in order to do what's best for the nation, not the party in power!
on July 8,2014 | 04:23PM
Thegame wrote:
Is there a third choice? I'd rather not vote for either one of these two.
on July 8,2014 | 05:34PM
Eagle156 wrote:
Yes Vote republican
on July 8,2014 | 08:54PM
Venus1 wrote:
If Hanabusa believes in GMOs, she has not done her home work!
on July 8,2014 | 05:40PM
JimLoomis wrote:
Frankly, I was shocked at Colleen's sarcastic and mean-spirited comments when asked to say something nice about Schatz. Very, very disappointing!
on July 8,2014 | 05:55PM
LadyNinja wrote:
Personal take: Hanabusa looks like a bitter old has been person who has seen better days. Her spiteful attitude towards Brian Schatz leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. Hanabusa is portraying a new do, makeup and a haircut, but no matter how much you cover up, change your hairstyle or whatever, you cannot hide who you really are, a really terrible person inside and out, for herself only and does things that benefit her personally. She's stupid and arrogant. Brian Schatz on the other hand has always been cordial, polite and with it. He was hand picked by the Governor for one reason and one reason only, and that was to cut thru the big shibai that the former Senator's last wish was for Hanabusa to take his place. Can you even think that is so? Dictate a letter from a death bed, running it off to the Governor's office via hand delivery, and saying Aloha? Common, think people. Schatz offers Hawaii HOPE for the future, he will be able to take Hawaii into the next era of Hawaii politics, with clean cut energy. Hanabusa not being able to say anything positive about Schatz shows what a terrible person she is, common Hawaii wake up and get rid of her. If you don't like it, you can always vote for the Republican candidate!
on July 8,2014 | 06:20PM
Eagle156 wrote:
Great post. But he will never win unless he gets rid of the sleazebag Winer
on July 8,2014 | 08:52PM
Papakolea wrote:
Can we take both of them and kick Mazie out?
on July 8,2014 | 06:33PM
entrkn wrote:
Regardless of debates, performance record and forecasted performance record is much more relevant and important. Senator Schatz is outperforming and will continue to outperform Hanabusa by a very wide margine so he is the obvious best choice by far.
on July 9,2014 | 10:54AM
jkjones wrote:
I Cant believe Schatz is listing The Affordable Care Act " as something the POTUS "passed". Yep, it was passed without reading it. REM, "you can keep your plan, your doctor and the price will go down".
on July 9,2014 | 11:25AM
Kingbudd wrote:
I honestly can not stand Hawaii politics. Every other year it's the same thing (also the same people). Change will NEVER happen if we continue to elect the same worthless politicians. Voting for the party line does no favors for Hawaii; we just keep on kicking the can down the road for the next generation. Please for the love of God, vote for the candidate you agree with, not their political affiliation (either Democrat or Republican) or their ethnicity. Vote for someone that will actually make Hawaii a better place to live...
on July 9,2014 | 11:27AM
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