Inouye urges Democratic candidates to ‘keep it clean'

Sen. Daniel Inouye
Sen. Daniel Inouye

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Senator Daniel Inouye issued a statement Tuesday urging Democratic candidates in Hawaii to avoid negative campaigning. He said that recent statements from both leading Democratic candidates for Hawaii governor "walk a very fine, fine line" between fair and foul.

"In recent days, mean spirited comments and negative statements were made about two good Democratic candidates, Mufi Hannemann and Kirk Caldwell. It is one thing to endorse a candidate, it is quite another to tear down and gut the opposition by engaging in character assassination" said Inouye in the statement.

Over the weekend, former US Representative Ed Case endorsed the candidacy of Neil Abercrombie, while simultaneously criticizing former Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann. He described Hannemann as "the most dangerous politician in a generation". Case also endorsed the mayoral candidacy of Peter Carlisle, and said that an administration run by Hannemann's former managing director Kirk Caldwell would exclude most people from government.

Inouye, who hasn't endorsed either candidate in the governor's race said that candidates should campaign based on the strength of their ideas and organizations. He said also that while negative campaigning has become part of the American lifestyle, it needn't be that way in Hawaii.

"Let's keep it clean" he said.

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