By B.J. Reyes
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The acting mayor touts his previous work experience in Washington, D.C., as a member of Inouye’s staff as one of the life experiences that shaped his political future. (He also happened to meet his wife while working for Inouye).
So when asked if he would formally endorse his former staffer, Inouye offered the following:
I’ve tried to stay out of this business. I don’t know why my endorsement means that much, but I like him, no question about that. I’ve known Kirk for a long time and he married a very good friend of mine. First time I met him was in Washington – on my staff. So, if that’s an endorsement, that is. I don’t hire people that don’t meet the mark.
Caldwell is running in the special election for mayor. Other contenders include former Honolulu Prosecutor Peter Carlisle, University of Hawaii engineering professor Panos Prevedouros and City Councilman Rod Tam.