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State's largest union skips governor endorsement

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 07:50 p.m. HST, Jun 20, 2014

Hawaii's largest union isn't endorsing a candidate for governor in the upcoming primary election.

The Hawaii Government Employees Association said Friday its encouraging members to support and vote for any candidate in the race.

It's also not endorsing any of the candidates running to represent urban Honolulu in the 1st Congressional District.

For Senate, the union is endorsing Brian Schatz. It's endorsing Tulsi Gabbard for the 2nd Congressional District.

In the race for lieutenant governor, the HGEA is endorsing Shan Tsutsui.

The union has 42,000 members and is the largest labor union in Hawaii. It represents state and county employees in eight bargaining units.

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hanabatadayz wrote:
i think they forgot to mention any candidate other than aiona
on June 20,2014 | 08:54PM
Kuokoa wrote:
No, they have no guts to endorse Aiona.
on June 21,2014 | 07:35AM
krusha wrote:
No way any union other than the UH professors are going to back Linda Lingle junior. We've been through that before and don't want to relive that failed experience again.
on June 21,2014 | 09:13AM
hanabatadayz wrote:
why would they..he's the worst choice for governor
on June 21,2014 | 04:04PM
Bdpapa wrote:
What a back stabbing Union. The Gov gave them a gift and they are stacked with political insider workers. I guess they are holding all of the aces.
on June 20,2014 | 08:54PM
Skyler wrote:
They're probably sending them all $.
on June 22,2014 | 11:40AM
harley1 wrote:
somebody grew a pair.
on June 20,2014 | 09:25PM
Anonymous wrote:
Well it certainly wasn't the HGEA. They recognize a close governor's race and don't want to be on the losing side so they'll just buy tickets to everybody's fundraisers.
on June 20,2014 | 10:59PM
serious wrote:
Correct, just like the politicians--let's wet the finger and see how the wind blows!!!
on June 21,2014 | 04:52AM
DanLBoom wrote:
As I started reading this article...I was like Yeah!!! At last a "non Bias Union" letting the members think for them selves.Really?.... Until I got to the Union endorsing Schatz , ..Tulsi Gabbard and Shan...who's this guy???..Boy! that was short lived.. You might as well put a BIG "D" along side the union local number..UNION is Still speading the Insanity propaganda...Voting for the same Democrat party.Again?..Unions never learn. Voting for the same thing expecting different results??HUh?? Eh?? Hawaii!!! It's not about the party affiliate or what the Unions or anybody tells you.Vote for who you like!!!.. it's about the individual ,who is best qualified..Who can get the job done....And especially ,watch out for politicians promising Change. It may not be the kind of Change you want..So..When voting. Hawaii... DO YOUR HOME Work....And Vote... Stop the insanity! IMUA
on June 21,2014 | 05:55AM
thos wrote:
The secret of the Democrat Party that has provided them six uninterrupted decades of control is two fold:

ONE - - Keep the people ignorant, apathetic and uninformed which means maintain a school system that turns out functional illiterates for whom even basic arithmetic is a challenge.

TWO - - Maintain union dominance allowing only those business owners to conduct business who will provide ‘pay to play’ kickbacks to the ruling Democrat Party and keep out all others, so that lacking upwardly mobile job opportunities the people will be forced to rely on government services and the PARTY of government services ad infinitem

For both the Democrat Party and the mafia - - and the line between the two is admittedly blurred - - POWER is the unvarying way.

The Democrat Party in these islands has constructed the closest thing to a perpetual motion machine ever seen and they have done it by CREATING, DISTRIBUTING and MAINTAINING poverty for the masses, while at the same time enjoying personal bank accounts and campaign war chests (the two often being co-mingled) that are bursting at the seams. Other than the raw inhuman cruelty of the Democrat Party, you have to hand it to them: the tactics they have used to sustain their political dominance in the slack water of this often overlooked mid Pacific back water since 1954 is nothing short of BRILLIANT.

Even att the height of his massive, Chicago-based bootlegging empire nine decades ago, Alphonse Capone was a piker compared with the Democrat Party hereabouts.

on June 21,2014 | 07:08AM
Bdpapa wrote:
on June 21,2014 | 07:47AM
bsbsbs wrote:
Brilliantly stated.
on June 21,2014 | 08:28AM
artmurch wrote:
You are obviously a Fox News zombie.
on June 21,2014 | 08:31AM
loio wrote:
and you're obviously an MSNBC news zombie
on June 21,2014 | 08:39AM
inverse wrote:
Actually there is truth to thos comments. They might not actually be talking to each other but they all are on the same page for PRP, Caldwell, Andy Winer, who is now associated with Schatz, etc. etc. Then you have the education side where Caldwell's wife D Tanoue with ex HGEA union boss R Okata were both in charge of picking the former UH President Greenwood even though Tanoue's daughter was a Pun alum and now attends the East coast univ that Caldwell attended. All the while the 18 yr old adult daughter in a stoned fog posted picture of herself and her friend destroying a Cayetano political sign, which is Hawaii is a serious crime because of previous incidents. while she herself was on a teen board to lead other kids to just "say no" to drugs. Then you have all the people in charge with money or connection like ex BOE Gennaula who claims to be a champion of public schools, if not why the heck was she a BOE member, transfer both her kids from private school to Io lani. Another thread is the rail bidding where BOTH Bombardier and Ansaldo should have been disqualified from bidding for not meeting requirements, yet only Ansaldo-Hawaii, which is an off-shoot of Ansaldo Breda -> Finmeccanica-> PNB Parribas -> First Hwn bank, which HART chair Horner used to be CEO of First Hwn bank. Etc. Etc. The web is far reaching, sometimes very clear, other times nebulous but there is a nexus that thos points out and it is very disturbing as this is NOT what should be happening in a democratic society like the United States of America.
on June 21,2014 | 08:51AM
inverse wrote:
forgot one more piece to add and that was voter suppression by not providing sufficient ballots at polling stations, which was later explained by Nago that he made some "math errors". Democracy is under attack and that is really bad news. Except for a select few and special interest making out like bandits, all will suffer.
on June 21,2014 | 09:05AM
bluebowl wrote:
Yup, been thinking on those lines since 1970. Mahalo for putting those thoughts into words for us.
on June 21,2014 | 09:22AM
inverse wrote:
You forgot one more thing, is those in charge work to diminish the penalties for being caught breaking the rules. Whereas Mirikitani and Mansho spent some time in jail and Nestor G only gets a slap on the wrist and now a gig as a newsreporter on KHON. Garbage truck drivers can run over and kill people and still remain anonymous and probaby their job or DOE employees can steal thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars and when they get caught they get a free pass. The way the system is stacked, it actually PAYS to cheat, lie and manipulate. No good will come of such system and will implode socially and financially when the all the rail bills come due, the road infrastructure shuts down for all of the massive make work road construction projects and the tourists start staying away from Hawaii and even more people realize it is more desirable and profitable to not work and live off government welfare and handouts.
on June 21,2014 | 09:00AM
bluebowl wrote:
Whole heartedly, agree!
on June 21,2014 | 09:19AM
false wrote:
We're not endorsing anyone in the governors race… Wink. Wink.
on June 21,2014 | 06:14AM
Skyler wrote:
on June 22,2014 | 11:41AM
holumuahawaii wrote:
This is proof that the old political adage, "You give to get" is dead at HGEA. Governor Abercrombie gave them plenty, including very favorable contracts and seats on prestigious boards and commissions, not to mention, taking their "advice" on issues. And their response was no endorsement anyway. Maybe what Hawaii needs is a Governor who will take a lesson from this.
on June 21,2014 | 07:41AM
Bdpapa wrote:
HGEA has too much political influence. Until the politicians can live without their support, they are stuck with them.
on June 21,2014 | 07:49AM
krusha wrote:
What are you talking about? Neil tried to shove his negotiation terms down all of the state union's throats in a take it or leave it stance and left a bad taste in their mouths that lingers to this day.
on June 21,2014 | 09:16AM
inverse wrote:
Is that the Mon ica Lewinsky theory of government?
on June 21,2014 | 10:35AM
krusha wrote:
Abercrombie pretty much stabbed HGEA in the back during collective bargaining negotiations, so this is pretty much payback for that. Hanabusa's anti-union stance from her days as a state legislator is coming back to haunt her too. Without these endorsements, there probably will be a lot less campaign commercials until after the primary election is over. Prepared to get bombarded before the general election though, so enjoy the calm before the storm while it lasts.
on June 21,2014 | 09:10AM
honokai wrote:
I am not going to be bombarded by anything this year. I don't watch TV or listen to the radio anymore. When they call on the phone with the push poll, I ask them questions which they cannot answer and they hang up. I wave at all sign waivers because I realize that they just need someone in their family to get a job.
on June 21,2014 | 09:23AM
Giligan wrote:
Hurry up and endorse union! I will vote for the other guy.
on June 21,2014 | 09:30AM
fiveo wrote:
The leadership of HGEA are aware of how unpopular "short stuff" is and that Ige is within striking distance of taking the race. As such no point of endorsing either candidate for now and see how things play out. They also know that "short stuff" is not a true friend and cannot be trusted. Just look at HSTA, they learned that "short stuff" cannot be trusted and endorsed Ige.
on June 21,2014 | 10:37AM
KaneoheSJ wrote:
Thanks, SA, now I know who NOT to vote for.
on June 21,2014 | 10:38AM
Anonymous wrote:
Many thanks.
on June 21,2014 | 03:51PM
Skyler wrote:
Endorsements mean nothing to me. I still vote for who I want to vote for, regardless.
on June 22,2014 | 11:28AM
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