September 21st, 2012

Retired Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, former Gov. Linda Lingle’s campaign manager for U.S. Senate, released a new video on Friday praising U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye and claiming that because of his seniority he would retain power no matter which party controls the Senate after the November elections.

In the video, Lee acknowledges that Inouye would lose the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee if Republicans take control, but he claims that as ranking member of the committee — and with his seniority — the Hawaii Democrat would still have influence.

“Anything else said is disrespectful to the senior senator,” Lee said.

Lee cited Inouye’s partnership with the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, and suggested that the Republican Lingle would be a similar partner. Lingle is facing U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, in November.

Inouye, in a statement, called the video “grossly misleading:”

I am not supporting Linda Lingle’s Senate candidacy and I would ask General Lee to stop using this misleading ad.  Neither General Lee nor former Governor Lingle discussed this advertisement with me.  If they had, I would have objected because it is grossly misleading and suggests a relationship that has never existed.

To claim that Governor Lingle could replace my brother Ted Stevens is outrageous and as I have said previously, Linda Lingle is no Ted Stevens.  After watching the ad, I would like to state that I am Daniel K. Inouye and I do not approve that message.

10 Responses to “`Disrepectful’”

  1. Goober:

    Retired Major General Robert Lee, still needs to respect a Junior Officer
    of the Military. Senator Inouye out ranks him by winning the Medal of Honor.

  2. Kolea:

    I hope this video gets lots of play. Because even if the intention is to mislead voters, it will serve to focus everyone’s attention on what is at stake here. Depending on the outcome of Senate elections in other states, there is a real chance a Lingle victory would allow the Republicans to take control of the US Senate. That would put Mitch McConnell in charge of the Senate and replace all the Democratic chairs with Republican ones.

    Looking at this is the narrower sense of Hawaii’s self-interest, it would mean Senator Inouye would lose the chairmanship of the Senate Appropriations Committee, greatly reducing his power to secure federal dollars for Hawaii.

    Looked at in the broader sense, most of the incoming Republican chairs would cause the Senate to lurch hard to the right. Lingle markets herself as “moderate” on a few key issues: as “pro-choice” on abortion and reproductive rights, as “pro-environment” and in favor of “clean energy.” So let’s look at how a Republican takeover of the Senate would impact the committees most directly in charge of those issues.

    The Health Committee would be taken over by Sen. Michael Enzi, who is adamantly anti-choice, so the “War on Women” would gain a major boost by his ascension. The Senate Environment Committee would be taken over by Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, who is so opposed to environmental concerns that he wrote a book denouncing evidence of climate change as “The Greatest Hoax.” His ascension would be a major step forward in the Republican War on the Environment. The Senate Energy Committee would come under the control of Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski, who votes lockstep with the Oil companies.

    So any Hawaii voter who is tempted to vote for Lingle Lingle in the believe she is INDIVIDUALLY good on “choice,” on the environment or energy, is refusing to face the Big Picture. The only chance the national Republicans, the Chamber of Commerce, Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers have of picking up a Senate seat from Hawaii is by running a “moderate” Republican candidate. But it is only a step in their plan to take total control of the Senate and impose their very IM-moderate agenda. And Lingle is being a willing tool in their effort.

    As voters, we should NOT be.

  3. Goober:

    Mitt Romney is playing the role of a genious.
    He may lose but will pull a McCain and do
    all kinds of ways to prevent President Obama from
    keeping his promise. Republicans will veto bills left and
    right and conserve nothing. No surrender, no quarters.
    They will just put another round in chamber. Long running
    Democrats will get the blame for all the damage created by the
    stampeding elephants but it will be the donkey hee haw-ing the last laugh.

  4. The truth hurts:

    The fact is the video is right! Inouye has been in office forever and you don’t lose power or influence when you have tenure like he does. Of course Inouye wants Hirono to get elected because it will help the national Dem Party. Its politics people! If Lingle gets elected, Hawaii will be in good shape – no matter who is in power. DUH! Quick the knee jerk reactions and get with the program.

  5. Chicken Grease:

    Geez, Kolea. Yet a Grease is the one most think is on a political payroll. Mmmph.

    Though . . . must admit, a Grease wonders if a Lee managed to yomu a Grease’s comment (# 6) here (yeah, just yesterday): http://blogs.starbulletin.com/inpolitics/chamber-made/

    See The truth hurts‘ comment above (which deserves a “bravo”), ya’ll? The tide is turning from D-ness.


    lingle will not win. she is terrible politicain. she must be getting desparate. the people will not forget how she ran the state into the ground, while doing nothing for 8 years.

  7. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Robert Lee is getting senile. His assumptions and assertions are based on delusions and his dreams. The entire commercial is a real sad commentary on how low Lingle and her cronies will go to mislead people about how she is perceived.

    First, it was the “Democrats for Lingle” and now an implied endorsement by Senator Inouye. This pathetic attempt to paint a picture that only exists in the minds of Lingle’s public relations gurus Lenny Klompus and Kitty Lagareta reminds me of the propaganda theory of the “Big Lie”. Saying something enough times, even the most outrageous lie, and the public might even start to believe it.

  8. Goober:

    Seems a grease tends to pun but is just puny not punny.
    A chameleon that bombs.

  9. Oilpan:

    Misleading ad about Democrats for Lingle, misleading ad regarding Sen. Inouye. Yup, there’s panic in Lingle City.

  10. Allison Morris:

    Inouye says, “my brother Ted Stevens”. The best thing that happened to Ted was that he died in a plane crash, his political career was over when the Alaskan’s were on to what a crook he was.

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