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Inouye objects to Lingle campaign video invoking his name

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:27 p.m. HST, Sep 21, 2012

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye voiced his displeasure about a “grossly misleading” video released today by the Senate campaign of former Gov. Linda Lingle.

Retired Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, Lingle’s campaign manager, praises Inouye in the video and says that because of his seniority he would retain power no matter which party controls the Senate after the November elections.

Democrat candidate U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono has said a victory by her Republican opponent could shift the balance of power in the Senate, taking clout from Democrat Inouye, Hawaii’s powerful senior senator.

In the video, Lee acknowledges that Inouye would lose the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee if Republicans take control, but claims that as ranking member of the committee — and with his seniority — the Hawaii Democrat would still have influence.

“Anything else said is disrespectful to the senior senator,” Lee said.

Lee also cited Inouye’s partnership with the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and suggested that Lingle would be a similar partner. 

Inouye asked the campaign to stop using the ad. “Neither General Lee nor former Governor Lingle discussed this advertisement with me. If they had, I would have objected because it is grossly misleading and suggests a relationship that has never existed,” he said. “To claim that Governor Lingle could replace my brother Ted Stevens is outrageous and as I have said previously, Linda Lingle is no Ted Stevens.”

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cojef wrote:
Somehow or way back when, thought I heard a similar the cliche, you are not that person. Can't place it though. Must be my senior moment.
on September 21,2012 | 03:10PM
pridon wrote:
Lloyd Benson vs Dan Qyayle VP debate, when Quayle quoted Jack Kennedy in his comments.
on September 21,2012 | 03:56PM
Graham wrote:
Quayle missed a perfect moment...he shouldf have replied-"Thank God...I never cheated on my wife"...
on September 21,2012 | 04:20PM
nalogirl wrote:
Inouye is a bully and it is obvious that he has no intention of working for the people, its all about PORK! GO LINGLE GO!!!!
on September 21,2012 | 04:02PM
WesleySMori wrote:
on September 21,2012 | 06:37PM
droid wrote:
If what you said was true, the feds would be chipping in more than just a measly 30% for rail transit, Wesley. Please get a clue!
on September 21,2012 | 08:02PM
Living_Large wrote:
Must be a close race. Hirono has Inouye grasping for straws! :-0
on September 21,2012 | 04:11PM
mcc wrote:
I hope no politician is like Ted Stevens. He was a very shady character. His bridge to nowhere can match Inouye's train to nowhere.
on September 21,2012 | 04:18PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on September 21,2012 | 05:32PM
ich4fun wrote:
He thinks he is GOD to Hawaii, that's why. He needs to go "PERIOD".
on September 21,2012 | 06:28PM
Ronin006 wrote:
The ad is truthful. Keep running it.
on September 21,2012 | 05:59PM
ich4fun wrote:
That shows he is not willing to work with other side of aisle, we need to work together and make better for future, already going down hill, feel bad for all young people and me.
on September 21,2012 | 06:30PM
Anonymous wrote:
So Lingle extends an olive branch in her ad by saying she and Inouye could work together (ala Stevens). And what does uncle Dan do? He throws it right back in her face. So who is the obstuctionist here? The demo's hypocrisy is showing again.
on September 21,2012 | 06:06PM
dunderhead wrote:
An olive branch?... you really believe what a politician will do or say to get elected? lol!
on September 21,2012 | 06:35PM
akuman808 wrote:
The senior senator is extending a gigantic kiawe branch to Lingle.
on September 21,2012 | 08:24PM
false wrote:
Hirono's commercial that talks about Inouye losing his chairmanship if Lingle is elected is obviously hurting Lingle. So she concocts this video as a way to mitigate some of the damage. Unfortunately for her, Hawaii people know the facts about Lingle. She can spin her stories every which way but it won't do her any good. We know you, Linda. That's why you'd better have a Plan B. Because you won't be going to the Senate.
on September 21,2012 | 08:55PM
false wrote:
Lingle does have a lot of chutzpah, though, to think she's the right person to represent Hawaii in the Senate. She's about as wrong as wrong can get.
on September 21,2012 | 08:57PM
dunderhead wrote:
Lingle is a phony, she touts bi partisanship yet when Obama called a governors meeting in 2008 she snubbed him. She disparaged him any chance she had to do so when she wasn't running for senate. Now he's on her facebook page..
on September 21,2012 | 09:55PM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
Robert Lee is getting senile. His assumptions are based on delusions and his dreams. The entire commercial is a real sad commentary on how low Lingle and her cronies will go to mislead people about how she is perceived. First, it was the "Democrats for Lingle" and now an implied endorsement by Senator Inouye. This pathetic attempt to paint a picture that only exists in the minds of Lingle's public relations gurus Lenny Klompus and Kitty Lagareta reminds me of the propaganda theory of the "Big Lie". Saying something enough times, even the most outrageous lie, and the public might even start to believe it.
on September 21,2012 | 10:29PM
HD36 wrote:
Dan, we need to build another Pearl Harbor and another Marine Base to stimulate the Hawaii Economy, on an outer island. No price is too high to protect our freedom. Do it fast befoe the dollar collapses because the World stops loaning US money.
on September 21,2012 | 11:20PM
Tropicboy wrote:
Inouye is a bully and Lingle sucking up to him is pathetic. Just goes to show how phony these people are.
on September 23,2012 | 07:15AM
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