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Inouye objects to Lingle campaign video invoking his name

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 3:27 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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