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House candidate pledges half of salary to charity

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:48 a.m. HST, Aug 28, 2012

A homeless handyman who won the Republican primary in Hawaii for an open U.S. House seat says he’ll donate half his Congressional salary to charity if he wins.

Kawika Crowley isn’t expected to come close to beating Democrat Tulsi Gabbard in the general election Nov. 6. The 61-year-old self-employed handyman has no real campaign budget, makes $15,000 in a good year and lives out of his van in Kaneohe.

But Crowley says the $179,000 yearly Congressional salary is “astronomical.” He says he’ll donate $90,000 per year to the Wounded Warrior Project if he wins.

Crowley won a GOP primary earlier this month, drawing just over 9,000 votes in a district that’s heavily Democratic.

Gabbard and Crowley are hoping to replace U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, who is running for U.S. Senate. 

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clhonda wrote:
Very admirable for this fellow to pledge the donation, but he really should have thought of taxes before saying a specific amount. Not going to be a whole lot left after both taxes and $90,000 donation.
on August 28,2012 | 08:57AM
hawaiikone wrote:
$179,000 a year is too much. Exactly what does Gabbard offer that makes her a better choice than Crowley? Unfortunately we'll probably never know.
on August 28,2012 | 09:04AM
beachbum11 wrote:
I would work for 25% of that
on August 28,2012 | 10:31AM
cojef wrote:
But fringe benefits are outstanding, like trips back and forth between Honolulu and DC, the best health insurance, and do not forget pension at full pay for the rest of your life. What a farce, legislators enact a national health insurance program for the masses, but a pass a sweetheart compensation plan for themselves. There are a special bunch that do not have to live like the rest of us. Elitist??
on August 28,2012 | 12:13PM
Anonymous wrote:
Tulsi Gabbard is a regular person of modest means - she knows what it's like to live on a small income and when she gets to Congress I have no doubt she will spend her time and energy fighting for everyday people who are struggling to get by. One of the biggest problems is the corruption in Congress and on Wall Street and we need someone like her to go in there and clean up that mess.
on August 28,2012 | 02:21PM
Jsato wrote:
True. Tulsi has the right goals and the credentials and experience to make it happen.
on August 28,2012 | 02:53PM
owlright wrote:
Tulsi will work hard for Hawaii. She's a straight shooter and she has a very impressive background.
on August 28,2012 | 03:09PM
frings wrote:
And that money will come in handy to the charities if that thief Romney is elected and gets a willing (read Republican) congress to help him in DEFUNDING all the programs that make up the safety net that Crowley depended on to keep him alive. The only groups left standing will be the one percenters and the Mormons.
on August 28,2012 | 11:59AM
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