August 14th, 2012

Former Gov. Linda Lingle’s Republican campaign for U.S. Senate is up with a new television advertisement that portrays U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, her Democratic opponent, as ineffective.

The spot, called “Do the Math,” says Hirono has not had a bill she sponsored become law during her six years in the U.S. House.

From retired Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, Lingle’s campaign manager:

Mazie Hirono has a record of ineffective leadership in Washington. Her success rate of 0% is shameful. It’s not that surprising since she has already missed 127 votes so far this year. While Hirono is out campaigning and speaking in over-arching terms about how she can help the people of Hawaii, her record tells a different story. Governor Lingle has a proven record of tangible results to benefit all the people.

Betsy Lin, Hirono’s campaign manager, had this response:

Three days into the general election campaign, and it is crystal clear that Linda Lingle has fully embraced the silly season of politics by disingenuously spinning and distorting Mazie Hirono’s record yet again. This is all part of Lingle’s continued effort to remake her own image, run away from her abysmal record as Hawaii’s governor, and hide from the truth that she is closely aligned with the national Republican party and everything they stand for.

Yesterday, Lingle released a political ad suggesting that Hirono has not been an effective leader in Congress. The truth is clearly something that doesn’t seem to concern Lingle and her campaign.

The fact is Congresswoman Hirono has spent the last six years fighting for the people of Hawaii in Washington, DC. Since being elected to Congress, Hirono has consistently worked with individuals, organizations, community leaders and elected officials in Hawaii to secure federal resources for local and state programs and projects. She has repeatedly ranked among the top members of Congress to advocate for federal funding in Washington, D.C. for Hawaii. For example, Hirono fought for nearly $150 million in federal funding for local and state programs and projects in 2010, `ranking [her] 1st out of 435 representatives.’ (

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