Honolulu Mayoral Debate: Caldwell Takes Some Swings

Alia Wong/Civil Beat

Forget about third-party attack ads, Honolulu mayoral candidate Kirk Caldwell had his own barbs for former governor Ben Cayetano during their first televised debate since the Aug. 11 primary.

Caldwell’s main criticisms centered on Cayetano’s recent transportation proposal that is heavily reliant on bus rapid transit, and is now his alternative to the $5.26 billion rail project that has divided the two candidates.

But the former acting mayor and managing director for the city also went after Cayetano’s past, saying that in his two terms in governor he took money from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and raided state pension funds to help balance his budget and provide a tax return that he now brags about.

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