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Gunshots fired at motorcycle shop that posted Cayetano banners

By Gordon Y.K. Pang

LAST UPDATED: 12:48 a.m. HST, Mar 18, 2012

Members of former Gov. Ben Cayetano’s mayoral campaign say it’s no coincidence that eight gunshots were fired at the upper level glass window of the Cycle City motorcycle shop right at or near three of their campaign banners in recent days.

The gunshots did not puncture or shatter the custom-made tempered glass, but cracks show clearly where the bullets were fired. Several formed spiderweb cracks.

It appears the signs were targeted, given the location of the bullet cracks, said Walter Heen, a Cayetano campaign co-chairman.

Heen condemned the actions as an assault on the free speech rights of the business owner and said the campaign is putting up a $5,000 reward for information that might lead to the arrest of those responsible.

“I’ve seen some dirty tricks in my years, but this is about the lowest,” said Heen, a former judge and longtime Democratic stalwart. “This kind of activity has no place in Hawaii politics.”

Cayetano’s opponents in the race, Mayor Peter Carlisle, who is seeking re--elction; and Kirk Caldwell, a former acting mayor and legislator, also expressed strong disapproval.

Carlisle said the shots are “obviously a criminal act and should be pursued vigorously by law enforcement.” 

“It’s despicable and unfortunate that someone would take this kind of action,” Caldwell said. “We don’t need fear in politics. We need engagement.”

Dan Ryan, Cycle City general manager, said one large cracked window was discovered by two employees on Thursday. The store decided to remove all three banners Saturday morning and that’s when employees discovered the other cracks, which had been obscured by the signs, Ryan said.

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SKJJJ wrote:
Signs coming down ... I guess the shooter got what he/she wanted. But I understand, safety of customers and staff is more important.
on March 18,2012 | 01:20AM
Changalang wrote:
Oahu voters need to decide whether they will stand up against gun violence and intimidation, or sit down and accept their instructions to shut up and not make waves. Last chance Honolulu.
on March 18,2012 | 07:30AM
Kalli wrote:
Carliar and Caldwell are crying crocadile tears but this will rally Cayetano supporters against the union thugs.
on March 18,2012 | 07:49AM
what wrote:
Union supporters can stoop pretty low.
on March 18,2012 | 01:23AM
peanutgallery wrote:
Union supporters always toop low. It's what they know. Hang in thee Ben!
on March 18,2012 | 04:16AM
droid wrote:
This just makes me that more committed to electing Ben. Anyone know where I can get a Cayetano for Mayor bumper sticker? Let's roll...
on March 18,2012 | 01:27AM
hybrid1 wrote:
You can get a banner or sticker at this link. http://www.voteben2012.com/
on March 18,2012 | 05:28AM
NoFlippinWay wrote:
Wait, I thought I was in Hawaii, whats with the Arizona style politics?
on March 18,2012 | 02:00AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Not much difference between union thugs and Arizona vigilantes. They all shoot first and think later. Forget about thinking. At least we know what kind of people are against Ben. Anything, absolutely anything to keep the gravy train rolling. A new low in Hawaii politics and union actions. They'll probably have their cohorts standing at the polls wiaving shotguns and waving anti-Ben, pro-rail signs. As for dirty tricks, I remember one candidate suggesting plastering his bumperstickers throughout a town's business district, and blame it on an overzealous supporter, and denying responsibility. Any chance that this is the case here?
on March 18,2012 | 06:42AM
Changalang wrote:
The first drive by shooting of the Rail Mafia. Time for Oahu to stand up to the bullies that insist on stealing our money. Caldwell and Carlisle; two faces of the same Coin that at one time belonged to the Oahu taxpayer. The double "C" is fiscal Cancer to the people of this city. Ben is the Cure. Go Ben Go !
on March 18,2012 | 07:27AM
kainalu wrote:
It appears that many forgot that Ben had a seriously low approval rating at the end of his 2nd term as Governor. His "bullying" style rubbed a lot of constituients the wrong way, so much so, that a Democratic state elected a Republican for Governor the next go-around. This could be a result of some old wounds being opened up. Ben has enemies from what once was old friends. Nothing to do with rail, but this egomaniac isn't getting my vote.
on March 18,2012 | 07:30AM
Changalang wrote:
It just so happens that the e-mails he released showing FTA processors being uncomfortable with the Hawaii style of financing Rail hit the headlines last week. Sen. Inouye himself injected himself into damage control mode by prompting LaHood to do dog and pony tricks in front of the camera to minimize the damage. We have a whole bunch of people getting very upset that Ben is telling the truth about Rail. This is very similar to when Broken Trust was exposed. Crooks don't like being exposed; not then, not now. It is NO coincidence that gunshots are in play from the Rail Mafia. Ben has been retired for ten years on a small island. His so called enemies had a lot of time to fire gun shots. Funny how it only happens when he exposes the truth about Rail. Usually, bullies are the ones with guns, not the ones dodging bullets. Who you trying to kid?
on March 18,2012 | 07:59AM
nigelUV001 wrote:
I was supporting rail, but now I'm thinking twice about it. I don't like violence. Maybe Mr. Cayetano is on to something, I hate strong arm tactics.
on March 18,2012 | 10:13AM
sixthsense wrote:
What is wrong with you guys? Using mainland tactics over here? It's bad enough that your homeless are here! Give the union supporters what they want! Gambling! Keep them busy loansharking, that way they'll be way too busy to be shooting out windows! Though I do think the shooters were just plain ol' thugs!!
on March 18,2012 | 02:25PM
Kapuna wrote:
Despicable and unfortunate are exactly the type of thuds that are supporting violence and mafia terror and Kirk Caldwell. His own govt. employee and campaign staff have made death threats to his mayoral opponents.
on March 20,2012 | 12:43AM
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