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Police union endorses Lingle for Senate; UPW backs Hannemann for House

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 01:06 p.m. HST, Jan 09, 2012

The state police officers union today endorsed former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of Sen. Daniel Akaka.

The State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers had previously endorsed Lingle for governor in 2002 and 2006.

SHOPO, which has about 3,000 members statewide, believes the Republican is the best candidate to address law enforcement issues in Washington, D.C. Lingle is running against John Carroll, an attorney and former state lawmaker, in the Republican primary. U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono and former congressman Ed Case are the Democratic contenders to replace Akaka.

SHOPO endorsed Akaka over Case in the Democratic primary for Senate in 2006.

"Gov. Lingle has always had our police officers in her heart, and she advocated for us in every leadership position she has held — from Maui's mayor to Hawaii's governor." SHOPO President Tenari Maafala said in a news release. "... This is not just an endorsement. It is a full-on commitment from us to play a major role in Gov. Lingle's campaign for the next 10 months."

Also today, the United Public Workers Local 646 announced it is endorsing former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the 2nd Congressional District race. The seat is now held by Hirono.

UPW represents 13,000 civil service workers in Hawaii.

UPW State Director Dayton Nakanelua said in a news release, "We believe that Mufi Hannemann has the experience and the vision to effectively represent Hawaii in Congress."

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Changalang wrote:
Have great respect for SHOPO and all their members and supporters; therefore, will no longer speak of the ARS scandal until after November; even when prodded. On a side note, it is important to mention that the last candidates SHOPO endorsed in the 2010 election were Mufi for Governor and Kirk Caldwell for Mayor.
on January 9,2012 | 10:45AM
OldDiver wrote:
Strange thing for the police union to do. Linda Lingle represents the 1% who want to privatize the police department. The police officers are part of the 1% who protect us all. Very strange.
on January 9,2012 | 10:51AM
Changalang wrote:
The mysteries of the Aloha Spirit never cease to amaze.
on January 9,2012 | 11:13AM
808comp wrote:
Unions can endorse different canidates,but when it comes time to vote i belive that their members will vote for whoever they want.
on January 9,2012 | 11:43AM
Anonymous wrote:
on January 9,2012 | 12:09PM
mcc wrote:
More disappointed in anyone who would back Mufi. He rammed the black hole of taxation down our throats. Now property taxes will be raised to pay for the rail to nowhere.
on January 9,2012 | 12:12PM
AhiPoke wrote:
Very honestly, I could care less about whom a union endorses. However, I'm voting for anyone other than Hirono. The only votes that I could imagine she's going to get are from party faithfuls as it's clear she doesn't have a mind of her own. The lady is a product for paid for advertising.
on January 9,2012 | 01:08PM
Wazdat wrote:
Lingle yes...MOFEE...NO NO NO
on January 9,2012 | 01:45PM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Kind of strange - I usually vote against the union endorsement because the union only cares about its members and not the general public. Now I actually have to select the best of the worst...
on January 9,2012 | 01:54PM
kainalu wrote:
SHOPO supports Lingle???? Furlough all of them!
on January 9,2012 | 02:03PM
Anonymous wrote:
Right on!
on January 9,2012 | 07:03PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
i doubt that the shopo members feel the same way..this endorsement has no backing
on January 9,2012 | 04:19PM
Anonymous wrote:
Has SHOPO not been paying attention to the mainland? The GOP has declared war on all unions! They want to take away all unions collective bargaining rights! Maybe that is what Lingle will put up to a national vote, If she lied to one group what will stop her from lying to every group to get a couple of votes?
on January 9,2012 | 07:18PM
aiea7 wrote:
what us wrong with the police union? have they lost their minds - don't they know that repubs dislike unions.
on January 9,2012 | 07:22PM
Tharu1 wrote:
In related news: all the girl chickens vote for Mr. Fox to guard their hen house and Mr. Carroll chimes in: If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there. SHOPO's history of such seppuku brilliance never ceases to impress me!
on January 9,2012 | 07:48PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
I know for a fact that just because SHOPO endorses a candidate it does mean the members of the ubion will vote that way. I have always believed that uions should never endorse any candidates, it always comes back to bite them in the butt.
on January 9,2012 | 09:02PM
Changalang wrote:
But, that was when the union endorsed ONLY Democrats.
on January 10,2012 | 03:09PM
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