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Alaska's Don Young now endorsing Lingle

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:31 a.m. HST, Oct 16, 2012

When it comes to politics, maybe opposites don't attract after all.

Alaska's Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, Monday endorsed fellow-Republican Linda Lingle for Hawaii's open U.S. Senate seat in the general election Nov. 6. The Alaska representative previously endorsed Democratic U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono in Hawaii's Democratic primary. At the time, the Hirono campaign released a 90-second ad titled "Opposites Attract," which touted Young and Hirono's bipartisan teamwork on Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native issues.

But now Young is backing Lingle, saying the Republican has a strong bipartisan record that will benefit both Alaska and Hawaii.

"Bipartisanship leadership is what is lacking in the U.S. Senate and is what has brought our country to the edge of a fiscal cliff. Now more than ever Hawaii needs a real bipartisan leader to provide common sense governance to Washington, D.C.," Young said in a letter sent to his Alaska supporters.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, also is in Hawaii campaigning for the former two-term governor.

When Young endorsed Hirono in the Democratic primary he told Hawaii residents in an ad that if they were "looking for a United States senator who doesn't just talk about bipartisanship but actually knows how to work with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done, Mazie Hirono will be that senator."

Young spokesman Luke Miller said at the time that the endorsement had little to do with party affiliation but who would best serve the people of Hawaii. But he made clear that the endorsement was specific to the primary.

Lingle said if she is elected she will work on behalf of Native Hawaiians and Alaska Natives.

Hirono and Lingle are hoping to replace U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka who is retiring.

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Publicbraddah wrote:
How come LIngle cannot get locals to endorse her?
on October 15,2012 | 01:33PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Publicbruddah, Lingle can't get locals to endorse her because she is not for locals. As Governor she made welfare spending the biggest cost of the Hawaii State government so that she could hand out consultant and outsourcing contracts to mainland companies while at the same time laying off Hawaii residents of ALL races from State Government jobs. Remember Furlough Fridays? Lingle instituted them to take money from education and give it to welfare spending. What Republican does that? Answer: a Republican who rewards mainlanders with cushy outsourcing contracts.
on October 15,2012 | 01:42PM
Ronin006 wrote:
EducatedLocalBoy, you need to educate yourself. Lingle did not impose furloughs on DOE. She called for a 5% reduction in salaries and wages across the board to balance the state's budget, and she left it up to DOE how they would do it. One option was pay cuts, another was furloughs. The decision to go with the furloughs in DOE was made by DOE, not Lingle.
on October 15,2012 | 03:12PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
As a matter of principle, republicans don't usually support welfare, food stamps, medicaid or any other government hand out program. Lingle is no different
on October 15,2012 | 04:40PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Publicbraddah, in case you have not noticed, all key political leaders in this state are Democrats. Why would you expect any one of them to go against the Democrat Party to endorse a Republican? It would be political suicide. Lingle has received lots of endorsements; they just have not come from entrenched Democrats.
on October 15,2012 | 03:06PM
Mythman wrote:
Duh, "Locals" elected Inouye for FIFTY YEARS not matter what he did or did not do. INOUYE MUST BE A GENIUS to be so elected by LOCALS
on October 16,2012 | 05:18AM
MakaniKai wrote:
Mythman It's not cuz Inouye's a genius. One day Hawaii will be Free! Aloha.
on October 16,2012 | 07:14AM
Manoa_Fisherman wrote:
Yes, this is a BIG SURPRISE! NOT.
on October 15,2012 | 01:37PM
flyonthewall1 wrote:
When you say locals, you of course wouldn't be referring to local police officers, local retired firefighters, local doctors, local small businesses, or local construction workers who have all endorsed Lingle. I guess these local organizations of local people just aren't quite local enough. Good try...
on October 15,2012 | 01:40PM
Classic_59Chevy wrote:
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on October 15,2012 | 01:48PM
grantos wrote:
I mua?
on October 15,2012 | 02:36PM
walaau808 wrote:
That's very local of you...EMUA?
on October 15,2012 | 02:39PM
Mythman wrote:
Excellent facts
on October 16,2012 | 05:21AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Nice to have a wishy washy guy endorsing you. I bet the Republican Party really went after him with some wet noodles for endorsing Mazie.
on October 15,2012 | 01:43PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
This should make for a good debate zinger since old Mazie was soooooo proud of her example of bi-partisanship. Shibai.
on October 15,2012 | 02:06PM
Mythman wrote:
It's really about, the endorsement, the MESS Inouye made in Washington involving native Hawaiians and their descendents, the Hawaiians of today, NHOs and ANCs, together with his "brother" Ted Stevens - in which insiders made big bucks while the natives went into poverty and homelessness and landlessness and drugs and booze.
on October 16,2012 | 05:23AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
A lot of local people support Linda Lingle. More should....unless you really like paying $1 million over 6 years plus a lifetime medical plan better than yours and a retirement plan we all dream of and in return get ZERO bills passed on our behalf. Oh I forgot...Mazie voted 95% of the time.....I hope her next reincarnation is not as an airline pilot landing successfully 95% of the time.
on October 15,2012 | 02:04PM
onwardupward wrote:
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on October 15,2012 | 02:05PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Puke if you must but you are absolutely correct.
on October 15,2012 | 02:36PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Actually, Young took the time to read Mazie's record, and since there's nothing there, went with Lingle.
on October 15,2012 | 02:48PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
How long would it take to "read" blank sheets of paper?
on October 15,2012 | 04:40PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Boy... that's deep thinking
on October 15,2012 | 04:41PM
Waianae94589 wrote:
What a bunch of politics. You support Hirono during the primary and then withdraw your support for the general election and back Lingle. Sounds like partisan politics too me . It's not like Hirono's record changed between the primary election and now. I really don't trust republicans or democrats. It's about Ron.... wait I don't trust that guy either......
on October 15,2012 | 02:43PM
starripoff wrote:
Dems do it all the time. Who do you think invented it? Ha!
on October 15,2012 | 04:06PM
jrboi96786 wrote:
Hypocrite, a typical Republican. That's all. I like Lingle as a Governor except when she furloughed the teachers and compromised the education of our kids. I don't expect Hirono to make an impact on the government on behalf of the state. Non of our Senate nor House Representative have made any influence on our government, they're just rather a tool, a voting number for Democrat. But you know what, voting for Lingle is gonna be the same thing. She's just a tool just like Djou to the Republicans back in the Capitol Hill. I'd rather see the tools being use by Democrats. Anyway, I can't wait 'til next election so that we can kick Abercrombie out of the office. He's a piece of cr*p.
on October 15,2012 | 03:29PM
bigislandkurt wrote:
on October 15,2012 | 04:13PM
BigErn wrote:
Hirono is a puppet. Nothing more.
on October 15,2012 | 04:24PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Alaskan Flip flop
on October 15,2012 | 04:37PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Lingle got very little cooperation from the demos so they can do exactly what they are doing now....rip her on lack of accomplishments. She was already elected governor, but they could try to make sure she got no further. It's a sickening political game. But Lingle tried to work with them and I think will continue to do so in the senate. At least she has shown she has the guts to stand up for what she beleives in. The puppet on the other hand has done nothing but going along with the party line.
on October 15,2012 | 04:45PM
nitpikker wrote:
do we need any more results like the UH fiasco? which started with lingle.
on October 15,2012 | 04:46PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
His endorsement of Ms. Hirono in the Primary Election probably didn't sway a single voter, just as his endorsement in the General Election probably won't sway a single voter. He's irrelevant.
on October 15,2012 | 04:55PM
Hullstown wrote:
DG, tell that to Hirono. She obviously thought it was relevant.
on October 15,2012 | 06:29PM
MakaniKai wrote:
Too bad for Ms. Mazie. If she can get duped during the election season I don't want her as my U.S. Senator. Aloha.
on October 16,2012 | 07:25AM
Kaialemichi wrote:
Typical Republican ... Talking out of two sides of their mouth ...
on October 15,2012 | 07:27PM
starripoff wrote:
wrongo! typical dem. uncle off-his-meds biden lies, lies, lies; obama does the same just doesn't act as whacky as his 2nd in command; this says it all (from someone's blog I think); 4 died; obama lied
on October 15,2012 | 09:46PM
copperwire9 wrote:
R's, the party of flip-flops. Surprise surprise.
on October 16,2012 | 01:09AM
bender wrote:
Who didn't see this coming. This shows you how bright Hiriono is, she thought she had a genuine friend but everyone else knew this guy chose to endorse her, figuring she would be weaker against Lingle.
on October 16,2012 | 05:43AM
Kalli wrote:
why would you even want his endorsement
on October 16,2012 | 02:53PM
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