Inouye Wants Active Role In Hirono Campaign

Michael Levine/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye on Thursday asked Republican Senate candidate Linda Lingle to pull down a web video touting a relationship between the two, and said the video has given him the incentive to actively campaign for Lingle's opponent, Democrat Mazie Hirono.

"At best it's misleading. At worst it's insulting," Inouye said of the video, which features Lingle campaign manager Bob Lee talking about how Inouye would retain power even in a GOP-controlled Senate along with side-by-side pictures of Lingle and Inouye. "I would hope they take it down, because that's not the way you run a business."

The comments came almost a week after the video was first released and Inouye first distanced himself from it in a written statement.

Inouye's support for Hirono and desire to see Democrats elected to any attainable Senate seat is not new or surprising.

Inouye's political action committee has contributed $10,000 apiece to Hirono and more than 20 other Democrats running for Senate this year, according to Federal Election Commission filings compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Inouye spokesman Peter Boylan said Thursday Inouye has held fundraisers on Hirono's behalf and given money to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, which also supports Hirono, making him "her largest donor in many ways."

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