By B.J. Reyes
With former Gov. Ben Cayetano being discharged from the hospital yesterday following treatment for a bleeding ulcer, the “Read Ben’s Record” ads from the Pacific Resource Partnership have gone back on the air, too.
John White, executive director of PRP, had suspended the ads Monday, after news of Cayetano’s hospitalization was made publice.
White issued the following statement Wednesday:
“We are heartened by news that Governor Ben Cayetano’s condition has improved and he will be resuming his campaign. We had set aside our political debate during his hospitalization. But with his return, we will resume our political campaign to remind voters to focus on the facts and the pay-to-play culture that existed during the Cayetano administration. This has been a hard-fought campaign, and we will rejoin Ben Cayetano in the political battle.”
Cayetano has his own new radio ad pushing back against the attack ads. His supporters also have decried the negative attacks, with prominent fundraiser Dennis Mitsunaga taking out ads of his own against White and PRP.
The primary election is Saturday. Cayetano is the only anti-rail candidate against incumbent Mayor Peter Carlisle and former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell. One can win outright by garnering more than 50 percent of the vote, otherwise the top two face off in the November general election.