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Lingle: Inouye wants to pick Hawaii's next senator

By Oskar Garcia

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:48 p.m. HST, Oct 04, 2012

Former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle escalated brewing political tensions with U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye by saying the longtime lawmaker thinks he should be able to hand-pick the state’s next U.S. Senator. 

The Republican Lingle said in a video promoted by her campaign today that Inouye, a Democrat, is denying well-documented history between them and personally attacking her in her U.S. Senate race against U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono.

“Sen. Inouye believes he should be the one to determine who should step down and who should step up in Hawaii politics,” Lingle said in the video lasting more than two minutes. 

“He seems to believe that he should be the one who picks our next U.S. Senator,” Lingle said. “But with all due respect to the senior senator, I believe that decision is up to you, the people of Hawaii.”

Lingle and Hirono are competing for a seat being vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka. A Hirono campaign spokesman declined comment.

Lingle is an underdog in the race but previously won two terms as governor and has more campaign money than Hirono. Hawaii is a solidly Democratic state and President Barack Obama, who was born in Honolulu, is at the top of the ticket in November as he runs for re-election against Republican Mitt Romney.

It’s clear Obama will carry Hawaii and its four electoral votes. Lingle needs some Obama supporters to pick her and has argued that having one Republican and one Democrat in the U.S. Senate is what’s best for Hawaii. 

In her campaign ads, Lingle doesn’t mention her party. But a win in Hawaii would be huge for Republicans, who need to gain four seats in Senate races across the country in November to win majority power.

Tensions between Inouye and Lingle surfaced as Lingle tries to make her case to Hawaii voters that she’s a bipartisan leader who shouldn’t be seen as a rubber stamp for the GOP. 

Inouye chided Lingle last month for releasing an ad that pictured them side by side and said Inouye wouldn’t lose power even if Republicans gain majority power. If Republicans gain a majority, Inouye would lose his chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Lingle’s campaign manager said Inouye would still have power as the committee’s ranking Democrat.

“It is grossly misleading and suggests a relationship that has never existed,” Inouye said of the ad.

Lingle offered three examples of her previous work with Inouye while she was governor. She said pushed with him to keep a naval shipyard at Pearl Harbor open, tried to convince Republicans to support an Akaka bill for federal recognition of Native Hawaiians and approached Inouye with the state’s plan to spend federal stimulus money.

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dyw001 wrote:
So what's wrong with that? It makes sense. He certainly will not pick Lingle, or any Republican for that matter.
on October 4,2012 | 12:26PM
hapaguy wrote:
From Emily's List: "Linda Lingle has a lot of explaining to do for her ultra-conservative record," said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. "Voters won't be so quick to forget that she spent the last two Republican conventions cheerleading for the party and policies she now says she disagrees with. In 2004 Lingle actually chaired the convention, and in 2008 she had a starring role introducing her friend Sarah Palin, whose conservative values she praised. Lingle might understand that Republicans are out of touch with voters in 2012, but that doesn't change her consistent support for their backwards agenda."
on October 4,2012 | 12:29PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Ah, Lingle speaks with "fork tongue." But perhaps it's because her tongue has experienced places normal women's tongues have not.
on October 4,2012 | 10:09PM
AhiPoke wrote:
"Inouye wants to pick Hawaii's next senator" Why not he picked all of our past legislators. Uncle Danny is Hawaii's godfather. Any significant decision requires his blessing. Duh.
on October 4,2012 | 12:46PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
From the looks of things, the Senator is in the pocket of the Pacific Resources Partnership to pick a Mayor so I guess it's no stretch to think he wants to pick a Senator, too.
on October 4,2012 | 12:50PM
naomiow9 wrote:
duhhh.... and what - doesn't she want to pick the next senator (herself) & doesn't everybody want to pick whoever they want? Lingle sold her soul to the Republican party - stop the lies.
on October 4,2012 | 12:56PM
scooters wrote:
Just like the Demo's who also sold the sole's..
on October 4,2012 | 02:14PM
culi wrote:
Lingle you just put your foot in your mouth just like the U.H. president.
on October 4,2012 | 01:27PM
Dawg wrote:
She get one BIG foot to put into the enormous mouth!
on October 4,2012 | 02:18PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Is this disease contagious? It seems to be going around a lot.
on October 4,2012 | 03:14PM
kuewa wrote:
Lingle, the queen of bipartisanship, who as governor refused to greet the President on his official visits to Hawai`i because he is a Democrat. Her brand of bipartisanship is the same as two-faced.
on October 4,2012 | 01:37PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Yah, I thought that was disrespectful! Never understood that snub of the President. But on th e other hand I'm no fan of Dan Inouye. Aloha.
on October 4,2012 | 01:54PM
scooters wrote:
Who would really in their right mind would want to meet this POTUS?
on October 4,2012 | 02:15PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
A large majority of the voters in this state.
on October 4,2012 | 09:58PM
Dawg wrote:
It is her nose that gets to me! Some of her brain cells slipped to support her nose.
on October 4,2012 | 02:20PM
flyonthewall1 wrote:
This is a rumor! Show some sort of tangible proof to back this up. There are several pictures of Lingle with Obama. If this were true, it would have been a HUGE story, not something left to anonymous people on comment threads.
on October 4,2012 | 04:28PM
kuewa wrote:
It's not a rumor. Just look in the StarAdvertiser (this newspaper). She also snubbed Obama's presentation at the Governor's convention in DC. And as for her bipartisanship with the State Legislature--- well, her record of non-achievement speaks for itself.
on October 5,2012 | 12:51AM
Mythman wrote:
It's grossly misleading that the senator should not be indicted for violating federal laws prohibiting quid pro quo payments to third parties.
on October 4,2012 | 02:13PM
Dawg wrote:
Ha? What the flipping are you talking about?
on October 4,2012 | 02:21PM
Dawg wrote:
Jingle Lingle is crying a river! HAHAHAHAH! Go back to selling cars.
on October 4,2012 | 02:17PM
busterb wrote:
Is Larry looking in a mirror? Cause then that L he's holding up is right on!
on October 4,2012 | 02:17PM
Dawg wrote:
People don't forget that she took the law into her own hands and made Lingle Law - Super Ferry BUST!
on October 4,2012 | 02:23PM
hawaiikone wrote:
OK, We get it. You don't like Lingle. Try and defend Hirono then rather than insulting Lingle. Between the two at least Lingle would actually do something.
on October 4,2012 | 03:33PM
flyonthewall1 wrote:
Wasn't this Colleen Hanabusa as the President of the Senate? Oh that's right...we are not worried about facts here.
on October 4,2012 | 04:29PM
maafifloos wrote:
The nation is in bad economic shape. Took a long time getting there. Guess who has been there a long time? Inouye is part of the problem. Not the solution. Enough of him and his kindof thinking. "Bring home the pork".
on October 4,2012 | 02:40PM
Rivergrouch wrote:
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on October 4,2012 | 03:03PM
Naloboy wrote:
Anybody but....... is just another way of saying you're going to waste your vote.
on October 4,2012 | 03:11PM
false wrote:
How true. Where are these ABM democrats now? Oh, they really didn't mean it. Funny no?
on October 4,2012 | 11:21PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Linda, why don't you let us know everything you've done for Hawaii as its governor? We'd like to hear something positive from you for a change. How about also telling us why the bulk of your contributions are coming from the national party and not locally. Is it because you don't feel you have the support here? I don't think what you're saying regarding
on October 4,2012 | 03:06PM
flyonthewall1 wrote:
Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, robotics education, increased homeless shelters, reformed pet quarantine laws...
on October 4,2012 | 04:30PM
kuewa wrote:
Failed superferry fiasco, Failed poor managed biotech tax credit program, ridiculous initatiative to buy a northshore resort--- all of which cost the State taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.
on October 5,2012 | 12:53AM
koolau wrote:
That's true, but at least she has a batting average. Do you know what Mazis's is? It's zero, nada, nothing,as in striking out each time at bat. Look at her record!
on October 7,2012 | 07:52AM
koolau wrote:
The better question is, what has Mazie done for us while she was in office other than putting her rubber stamp on bills proposed by others, while none of hers made it to first base? You can't be so naive to believe Mazie isn't receiving like contributions from her party nationally via the strings pulled by our senior senator. LIngle's accomplishments are well documented on sites she's offered and some are even touted on TV ads. Haven't you been watching? Haven't you observed Mazie's ads are what may happen if she's not elected, rather than what she's accomplished which she can't because she hasn't.
on October 7,2012 | 07:50AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Inouye yelled quickly and loudly when Lingle aired her ad with Inouye's image and name but grandpa never said anything when PRP did the same with he and Kirk. The short guy needs to appoint someone to take grandpa's place because he's lost his mojo and needs to hang around Ala Moana Center with the rest of the old farts and oogle the young ladies.
on October 4,2012 | 03:07PM
Naloboy wrote:
As bad as Inouye might be to some folks.....having him pick the next senator would be WAY better than letting the Republican party do it. But Lingle's assertion that Danny gets to pick is just another trick to try to win votes. The voters will pick who defeats her in the election.....not Dan Inouye or the-completely-out-of-step-with-Hawaii Republican party.
on October 4,2012 | 03:09PM
Descartes22 wrote:
Why would Inouye "pick" a member of the reactionary party? Of course, his "pick" would be Hirono. In no way would he countenance a Senator Lingle, who would vote in lockstep with the nutcases from the midwest and south.
on October 4,2012 | 03:20PM
kennie1933 wrote:
Similarly, Hirono's present TV commercials quote Lingle (and using her actual voice) as stating she will vote for Mitt Romney. OF COURSE she is going to vote for him. She's a Republican. I don't understand Hirono's OR Lingle's points in bringing up partisan backing.
on October 4,2012 | 04:50PM
prest1948 wrote:
Apparently, Lingle thinks she has more political experience compared to the Senator. She wasn't ashamed to spend the millions that the Democratic President allocated to programs in Hawaii to kick start the economy. She would have more credibility of she hadn't raided some of the emergency funds. She entered the Governor's office with a budget surplus, and like all good Republicans, she overspent and had no alternative but to raid the rainy day funds to balance the budget. I wonder if she does that for her personal finanaces. If she doesn't, why would you do it with OUR money. Will she do it with US dollars too? She must be a little fearful of Senator Dan since she pulled her inaccurate ad after he called her on it. Shame huh!
on October 4,2012 | 04:04PM
serious wrote:
Lingle has my vote. It isn't "Ted Kennedy's seat" it's the people of Hawaii's seat. I have faith in the two time R Governor in a Democratic state. Good debate last night. Surprised Romney didn't pin him to the wall with his--"We'll have C-Span convering the health care debate and no lobbists!" What a bunch of BS.
on October 4,2012 | 05:16PM
akuman808 wrote:
Okay we interrupt this program for a commercial break. Both candidates, Hirono and Lingle are the worst choices. Hawaii will be the losers no matter who wins, auwe!
on October 4,2012 | 05:24PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Let's see: In 6 years we paid Mazie over a million dollars and hundreds of thousands in benefits and guaranteed a fat retirement package. In return we got ZERO bills passed to help us in Hawaii.

That is the person the Senator wants to hand pick for a life at the tax trough. Thanks, Dan. Thanks a lot.

on October 4,2012 | 07:14PM
engineersoldier wrote:
I don't have a horse in this race, but Lingle is the most partisan, disingenuous, self serving phony politician we have ever had in Hawaii. I will never forget her kissing up to the Bushes on AF 1 and politicking for Palin at a time our finances were going into the tank. She promised John Lehman, the Republican insider who was bank rolling Super Ferry that she could expedite this by not doing an EIS in hopes of landing a cabinet level post in the Bush administration. She resorted to name calling when the state auditor found irregularities in how her administration permitted investing in soon to be non-liquid student loan backed auction securities, to the tune of $1 billion. Her then chief of staff had so much respect for her that he was hanky-pankying with women of ill repute right under her nose on a trip to the Phillippines. Hawaii cannot say good-bye to her soon enough.
on October 4,2012 | 09:17PM
awahana wrote:
I think Lingle is a smart lady. As an individual, I would choose her over Hirono.
But as a politician, she is a 'YES woMAN' who will toe the line for the GOP.
Voters memories are short, but not mine. I remember when the world hated George W. Bush, and she kept praising him and toeing the line. I voted for her for Governor, but after she supported the "WORST PRESIDENT IN OUR HISTORY," I told myself I would not forget that, and here I am. As much as it sucks, I'm voting for Mazie...
on October 4,2012 | 09:22PM
koolau wrote:
Say all you want but what it comes down to are the records and capabilities of Hirono and Lingle as their past examplified, not the tongue lashing from everyone to everyone. The bottom line is do we want another rubber stamp puppet representing us, or one who has the gall to stand up, be recognized, and make decisions? Only one of the candidates fit the latter description. There's no question both candidates have the interest of our citizens at heart. The hard question is, who is better capable to deliver. Keep in mind, Dan won't be around forever to chaperone our junior senator. When he's not, will that senator have enough back-bone not to be jerked around by the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid? The image, which can surely materialize with one of candidates, is scary if not creepy. Can Hawai'i see the larger picture on what is a much larger stage?
on October 7,2012 | 07:39AM
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