Déjà Vu As Gabbard, Hannemann Fight for Senators' Support
For the second time in two elections, Mufi Hannemann is pulling out the big guns to show his large group of powerful backers in the final week of the election.
And for the second straight time, Hannemann's use of photos with him and Hawaii's two U.S. Senators — neither of which has endorsed him — has drawn fire from his opponent. Last time, it was Neil Abercrombie. This time, it's Tulsi Gabbard.
Wednesday's edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser came with a separate ad wrapped around the front of the paper. In this case, it was covered, front and back, with endorsements of Hannemann's campaign for Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid occupies prime real estate, right below a big, blue quote reading, "I want Mufi on our team." So does Eugene Takemoto, brother of the late Rep. Patsy Mink. She occupied the seat Hannemann's seeking, and Takemoto's endorsement of Hannemann's bid leads more than a dozen testimonials from community leaders on the reverse side.
Uncontroversial so far. But below the fold on the front is a section with side-by-side photos of Hannemann with Sens. Daniel Akaka and Daniel K. Inouye under a heading that reads "Mufi has extensive experience in Washington D.C., & strong working relationships with leaders on Capitol Hill." Below the photos is a request from Hannemann — and, by implication, the senators — asking readers to "Please vote in the Democratic Primary on Saturday for HANNEMANN, Mufi."