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Hannemann, Gabbard tout Washington endorsements

By Star-Advertiser staff


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has endorsed former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the race for Congress, while City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard picked up the nod from U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

"Mufi and I go back many years. I worked with Mufi and Sen. Akaka to help save Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. I worked with Mufi and Sen. Inouye on infrastructure funding and strengthening tourism across the country. We share goals for a better America," the Nevada Democrat said today in a news release issued by the Hannemann campaign.

Hannemann, Gabbard and several other candidates are running in the Democratic primary for the 2nd congressional district seat held by Rep. Mazie Hirono, who is running for Senate. 

Gabbard announced this week that she had gained the endorsements of several prominent Democrats, including Ohio's Kucinich, a former presidential candidate, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.

"Tulsi believes, like I believe, that it is time to re-focus our efforts in Afghanistan, and bring our combat troops home," Gillibrand said in a news release from the Gabbard campaign.

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kailua_hi wrote:
That seals it - I'm not voting for Mufi!
on August 7,2012 | 11:38AM
mcc wrote:
My vote is for Tulsi!!!
on August 7,2012 | 11:51AM
Bean808 wrote:
He did not SAVE the shipyard and Reid knows it!!!!
on August 7,2012 | 11:55AM
Jsato wrote:
on August 7,2012 | 01:59PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
I'd say it's because they're both Mormons but, then, Reid doesn't support Romney (I hope). I guess there's not too many well-known Mormon Democrats so I guess it's an easy choice for him. Mormonism seems almost mainstream compared to Tulsi's Hindu/Chris Butler . . . . . thing.
on August 7,2012 | 12:53PM
JohnnyF wrote:
Well out comes all the bigotry from Mufi supporters looking for a last chance to try to kill Tulsi's incredible campaign...same old tactics - personal attacks, divisiveness and smears. This time Mufi wants to put his religion out as the better religion and that's why people should vote for him. Personally I don't give a CR*P what someone's religion is - I care about their positions on the issues, their integrity and whether they have aloha or not.
on August 7,2012 | 02:17PM
leihanas wrote:
I agree - it's stomach-turning the day after these senseless religious killings in Michigan someone would be trying to put down someone's religion like that. Tulsi has such integrity and she is gaining so much momentum all they can do is try to smear her religion. What gain is there in this? There is so much suffering in the world from this type of religious discrimination and animosity.
on August 7,2012 | 02:22PM
popoki wrote:
Weird...where are all the Tulsi bots? Anything that mentions Mufi gets them all riled up
on August 7,2012 | 01:10PM
Jsato wrote:
Yeah I guess the tens of thousands of people around Hawaii supporting Tulsi are just lowly beings in the eyes of Mufi and his supporters - just why we don't need someone like Mufi who turns his back on people based on whether they help fulfill his political ambition or not. Or based on their race ("I look like you"), religion, their sexual orientation or anything else.
on August 7,2012 | 02:32PM
false wrote:
How true based on personal experience. If Mufi recognizes you in a group and thinks you can help him, he's all over you handshaking. If he doesn't see you as benefiting him, he will give you the cold shoulder. Happened to my family.
on August 7,2012 | 03:36PM
Kapakahi wrote:
I like a lot of things about Harry Reid, but his opinion is not going to persuade me on who to support for the congressional seat. And, as senior_researcher says, it is not accidental that they are both Mormons. And while the Mormon Church might seem to be more "mainstream" than the Chris Butler Hare Krishna cult to which Tulsi belongs, the Mormon Church is a big political player and land developer in the state, so Mufi's ties with the Mormons are not unimportant.
on August 7,2012 | 01:12PM
JohnnyF wrote:
Who gives a cr*p if someone's religion is mainstream or not? The whole idea of voting for someone or not based on their religion is just BS. There's a lot of weird stuff about Mormonism but I don't go diving into that when I'm voting. What matters is the candidate's character, their effectiveness, their stances on the issues, etc. Is it really America if mainstream religion people can run for office and people from minority religions can't? I guess you can move to the Middle East or something and give that a try. See how you like the one religion for the government thing.
on August 7,2012 | 02:44PM
Maui_Boy wrote:
I guess people all people should belong to "mainstream" religions only. No wonder people keep getting shot because they are Sikh or some other religion. I know lots of people call the Sikh religion a cult also. I hope people rise above their bigotry & there will be peace & love in this world
on August 7,2012 | 02:50PM
What ever, Mufi is Desperate. CALLING OLD BOYS, CALLING OLD BOYS, is that all Mufi has? VOTE TULSI, simple. Nough already! Next thing he'll be calling the COPS, oh, he did already. VOTE TULSI!
on August 7,2012 | 02:35PM
Jsato wrote:
Desperate is definitely the word. Go Tulsi!
on August 7,2012 | 02:49PM
false wrote:
I need to know who Barney Frank is endorsing so I can vote for the person he does not endorse...
on August 7,2012 | 04:19PM
PaiaGirl wrote:
Congrats to Mufi - but might I suggest that Harry Reid probably hasn't experienced the full Mufi experience that we have -- or he might not have given his endorsement to easily.
on August 7,2012 | 04:57PM
niimi wrote:
Take the 2nd M out from Mormon and you get.
on August 7,2012 | 05:21PM
Changalang wrote:
There is a new Machine in town; how apropos as the Old Guard marches the last lap, effectively passing the baton right under the public's nose. Sheer brilliance. :)
on August 7,2012 | 05:28PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Mufi's got the Banksters on his side.
on August 7,2012 | 08:27PM
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