Three Versions of One Reaction: A Study in Political Messaging

Adrienne LaFrance/Civil Beat

There is only one Rep. Mazie Hirono, but she's living a divided life.

Like any other incumbent running for office, Hirono constantly has to navigate between congresswoman and candidate.

It's not always an easy line to walk, although Hirono compared it to walking and chewing gum at the same time in an interview with Civil Beat earlier this year.

When it comes to messaging, Team Hirono — congressionally and on the campaign trail — was a well-oiled machine on Wednesday. After House Republicans voted (again) to repeal the Obama administration's landmark health care law, Hirono issued not one, not two but three responses: One for constituents, one for voters and one for supporters.

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