By B.J. Reyes
First, former Gov. Ben Cayetano came out swinging in the first debate featuring all three mayoral candidates, even bringing U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye into the fold by calling him “out of touch” on the issue of rail in Honolulu.
Next came the senator’s response, that he was “deeply offended.”
Now comes a petition from the Pacific Resource Partnership, an advocacy group for Hawaii’s unionized carpenters and contractors, defending Inouye and calling on the former two-term Democratic governor to apologize. PRP also is behind I Mua Rail, a campaign to support the city’s rail transit project.
From the website:
“When Ben Cayetano disrespects Senator Inouye — a man of integrity and honor with a distinguished record of public service — he’s disrespecting all of us.
UPDATE (4:30 p.m.)
Cayetano responded this afternoon, saying he stood by the comment and he does not feel he disrespected Inouye when he said the senator was “misinformed.” He added:
“What is there to apologize for? This is a campaign. I said some things and I don’t think what I said should be taken by anyone who is as experienced as Sen. Inouye is as offensive. For crying out loud, people say worse things about me every day.”