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Lingle calls Democrats' TV ad a last-minute smear against Aiona

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 8:50 p.m. HST, Oct 28, 2010


Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle says a Democratic Party TV ad is "an 11th hour smear" of her and the record of Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona, the Republican candidate for governor.

Lingle said today the ad ignores her administration's efforts to stop Aloha Airlines and the Hawaii Superferry from closing.

The Hawaii Democratic Party ad claims Aiona "did nothing" when Aloha Airlines failed and that "his administration violated the law" to sink the Superferry.

Lingle says she helped secure the pensions of Aloha Airlines employees, tried to stop the airline's shutdown in court and formed a rapid response team for its workers.

She says she followed the law on the Superferry, and the Hawaii Supreme Court's ruling was incorrect.

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