October 28th, 2012

For the second time this election, former Gov. Linda Lingle’s Republican campaign for U.S. Senate has broken an embargo on the Hawaii Poll.

The Lingle campaign was provided the details of the latest Hawaii Poll on Friday, with the understanding that the poll would not be released publicly until the 10 p.m. newscast on Sunday night by Hawaii News Now. The Star-Advertiser is publishing the poll on Monday morning.

Yet a statement from retired Maj. Gen. Robert G.F. Lee, Lingle’s campaign manager, was posted Sunday evening on the Lingle campaign’s web site calling the poll, among other things, “wacky.” The Lingle campaign also promoted Lee’s statement on Twitter.

The Lingle campaign broke a similar embargo before the last Hawaii Poll was released in July.

The Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now share poll details with the campaigns in advance so candidates and campaign advisers can comment. Such comments are typically included in the stories and broadcasts about the polls.

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