Editor’s Note: It’s an election year and that means lots of political commercials. Ad Watch is an occasional Civil Beat series in which we help you understand what you’re seeing and hearing when it comes to campaign messages from Hawaii candidates.
Neil Abercrombie’s campaign has flooded the television stations with campaign commercials. Seeking a second and final term as governor, he began advertising early and often.
Not so David Ige, the state senator challenging him in the Democratic primary. Heavily out-raised and outspent by the incumbent, he just hasn’t had the moolah to compete.
Now, with just over two weeks to go until the Aug. 9 primary, Ige has finally released his first TV spot. Check it out:
It’s a good spot that hits all the right notes: commitment, dedication, integrity, trust, even love.
The photos are great — especially the childhood pics and the one with the candidate in bangs, apparently in his first run for office.
And it’s amazing to think that Ige has five brothers. He’s the fifth of six.
Finally, the narration is from Ige’s wife, Dawn. His campaign is a real family effort.
In fact, the campaign liked its first ad so much that it sent out a plea to supporters this week: “Please donate $10 or whatever you can to keep our commercial on TV.”
In other words, the Ige campaign is still hurting for cash.
Speaking of cash, Mark Takai received a huge helping hand this week from VoteVets.org, which focuses “on matters including, but not limited to, foreign policy, energy security, veterans’ unemployment, and opening military service to life-long Americans born to undocumented immigrants, as well as continued investment in care for veterans.” …
Fans React To New UH Coach
The choice of former quarterback Nick Rolovich to replace Norm Chow is getting mostly favorable reviews.
Beware The Chicken Salad
KITV is reporting that the E.coli outbreak blamed on a certain kind of chicken salad sold at Costco and other stores has touched Hawaii. The same brand of veggie mix is also sold at Walmart here.
Nai Aupuni Election Blocked
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Friday ordered a temporary halt to vote-counting and certification of winners in the election for delegates to a Native Hawaiian political convention. Read the AP’s story.
· By Patti Epler
· By Patti Epler
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