U.S. Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
Hirono is competing with former congressman Ed Case in the primary to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii. Former Gov. Linda Lingle is the leading Republican candidate.
In a 90-second campaign advertisement released by the Hirono campaign on Tuesday, Young refers to Lingle’s campaign theme of bipartisanship:
Here’s what’s important, Hawaii: If you’re looking for a United States senator who doesn’t just talk about ‘bipartisanship,’ but actually knows how to work with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done — Mazie Hirono will be that senator.
“Though Don Young is certainly a Republican, and I am clearly a Democrat, we’ve forged a partnership that enables us to solve problems for the people of both Hawaii and Alaska,” Hirono said in a statement.
Hawaii and Alaska lawmakers have had an alliance in Washington, D.C., for decades forged by the initial partnership between U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, and the late U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska.
National Republicans said privately that they find it interesting Hirono would tout the Young endorsement when national Democrats have criticized Young for allegedly helping major campaign donors.
Retired Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, Lingle’s campaign manager, made a similar point.
Governor Lingle is proud of her long, proven record of bipartisanship, stretching over 25 years of public service to the people of Hawaii. No matter who wins the Democrat Primary on August 11, we look forward to comparing their record with Governor Lingle’s.
It should be troubling to the people of Hawaii that Mazie Hirono’s first attempt to convey any example of bipartisanship is a video advertisement with one of the House of Representative’s most controversial members, who even Mazie’s fellow Democrats have criticized on a range of ethics and spending issues. This is not the leadership Hawaii needs.