Citizens for a Working America, a mainland super PAC that has backed Republicans, has sponsored an eight-page booklet in Hawaii on behalf of former Gov. Linda Lingle that includes a famous photo of the Republican with Hawaii-born President Barack Obama.
The booklet, called Hawaii Profiles, described Lingle as a “groundbreaker” who “shattered Hawaii’s glass ceiling.” It mirrors the same themes Lingle has used in her U.S. Senate campaign, such as job creation, alternative energy and education. But on a page touting Lingle as a bipartisan leader, the interest group displays a photo of Lingle and Obama flashing shakas at a White House dinner in February 2009.
U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono’s campaign has pointed out the apparent contradiction of a Republican super PAC that has supported conservatives such as U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney — the GOP presidential candidate — using Obama to help Lingle.
But the Lingle campaign itself has used the shaka photo during the campaign to answer claims from Democrats that Lingle has been disrespectful to the president.