Eric Ryan, a conservative activist in Ewa Beach known for his internal scraps with fellow Republicans, is aiming at Democrats in a new effort he calls “Save Ewa Beach.”
The targets: state Rep. Rida Cabanilla, state Sen. Will Espero and Jason Bradshaw, the AFL-CIO political director running against state Rep. Kymberly Pine, a Republican.
Pine may be vulnerable in November because of speculation that she may covet the Honolulu City Council seat being vacated by council chairman Todd Apo. Bradshaw is also getting help from his union brothers and sisters.
Ryan has reserved domain names — such as the fake ridacabanilla.com — that divert people to the Save Ewa Beach website that bashes the three Democrats.
Is this a partisan campaign, you may wonder? Not particularly. If Espero, Cabanilla and Bradshaw were NOT puppets of the political establishment with
a penchant for tax hiking, money wasting, and radical stands, then Save Ewa Beach wouldn’t be needed. It just so happens that in 2010 we have a clear
cut case of liberals versus conservatives in West Oahu and I care about the outcome.
Moreover, as Hawaii’s most infamous and relentless critic of Hawaii’s Republican Party over the past 20 years, I’m still committed to watching certain fake Republicans go down in flames in 2010. But as a registered non-candidate committee, Save Ewa Beach is completely independent from both parties, independent from candidates (some of whom I’ve actually done design work for), and independent from other groups and organizations. It’s something I think I’ll keep ramped up for as long as I live in Ewa, which should be forever.
Espero said he considers the website diversion a “hit piece” against the Democrats and an example of dishonest campaigning.