National Democrats and U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono used former Gov. Linda Lingle’s announcement last week that she would vote to repeal the federal health care reform law unless changes were made to link Lingle to national Republicans who are unpopular in Hawaii.
Hirono, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, sent out a fundraising email on Thursday that urged supporters to sign a petition telling Lingle she is wrong.
Linda Lingle’s announcement is disappointing, but predictable. After all, Lingle has pledged her allegiance to the Washington Republicans who view her election as their ticket to a GOP-controlled Senate and to accomplishing their top priority: repealing the Affordable Care Act.
On Monday, retired Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, Lingle’s campaign manager for U.S. Senate, fired back that Hirono was blindly following national Democrats with her support for President Barack Obama’s most significant legislative achievement.
In a message to supporters, Lee said the U.S. Senate race is not about the Hawaii-born Obama and his policies.
Mazie Hirono’s extreme party loyalty prohibits her from considering and ultimately supporting policy changes to the health care legislation that would be better for the people of Hawaii.
In a shameless plea to raise money, Mazie has again stated that this election for Hawaii’s next U.S. Senator is about President Obama and his policies. Mazie simply doesn’t understand that this election is not about the White House or any single piece of legislation. She doesn’t get that this election is about us, the people of Hawaii, and about what life will be like for us in the years ahead.