August 25th, 2010

^^Acting Mayor Kirk Caldwell and U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye talk to reporters today after a meeting to update federal officials on the city’s rail transit project. 

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Mayoral candidate Kirk Caldwell‘s affection for U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye is no secret.

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.

3 Responses to “Endorsed”

  1. galekaminari:

    Very nice! Thank you, Sen. Inouye, for letting us know that you think well of Mayor Caldwell!

  2. ssmithaa:

    Please help slown down drug export & import grass is #1 export. also it would be nice to see more drug mob & mafia money turned over to state or fed
    we don’t need job cut back just turn over drug mob money chanel it to legal use

  3. Arvid Tadao Youngquist:

    I misunderstood. I thought this was a StarAdvertiser Editorial Page endorsement of the Acting Mayor.

    Of course an endorsement from Sen. Daniel K. Inouye probably carries more weight. I bet both Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie would like a outright endorsement from the Senior US Senator from Hawaii, and the current President Pro Temporare of the U.S. Senate.

    As I read the piece above, I did not see or read a clear cut endorsement of Mr. Kirk Caldwell by Sen. Inouye. Did you? Question does not constitute an endorsement. That is merely a rhetorical question.

    Arvid Youngquist
    Founder, I Love Kalihi Valley (ca. 2009)

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