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New attack ad stirs up congressional race

Colleen Hanabusa Colleen Hanabusa
Jonah Kaauwai Jonah Kaauwai
Dan Boylan Dan Boylan

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The battle for Congress intensifies, with a new ad attacking Colleen Hanabusa, complete with a doomsday storm in the background.

Meantime, Republicans say she's the one who crossed the line with the ad using children to attack Charles Djou.

Hanabusa is upset, as she called a news conference on Tuesday to slam the ad that's been slamming her and that opened the door for Republicans to fight back.

With tsunami warning sirens blaring, the ad shows heavy rain and an unflattering picture of Hanabusa.

It warns voters about a storm of lies from special interest groups.

It's called "The Season" and during this political season, like the video suggests, it's making huge waves.

"We believe that this ad has absolutely crossed the line, more importantly than that, we think the ad is rather insulting voters," Hanabusa said.

The ad claims Hanabusa harmed job creation, raised taxes and accepted a pay raise as president of the Hawaii Senate.

"I'm in the process of checking each one of those bills and trying to understand what it is, or how he arrives at that particular conclusion," she said.

Djou in the meantime referred comment on Tuesday to the Hawaii Republican Party.

Both the congressman's campaign and the HRP paid for the ad.

"The smear campaign that's really going on right now is against Charles Djou and I think crossing the line in Hawaii politics is when you start using keiki to smear people in political ads and we've seen that in the DCCC, spending $700,000-plus in Washington insiders, using children to smear Charles Djou," HRP chairman Jonah Kaauwai said. "What we've done with Charles Djou is showing a lot of the positive things, we haven't seen anything from the Hanabusa camp, what's positive about her record."

Hawaii News Now political analyst Dan Boylan calls it an insulation ad.

"You insulate yourself of what may come and whether what kind of ads may come from the ads from Democrats are true or from Hanabusa whether its true or untrue, you're insulating by running an ad that's their just smearing me, they're just telling lies about me," Boylan said.

With both sides blaming each other for creating negative ads, it's ultimately up to the voters, who have the final say.

"I'm sure it'll work with some voters absolutely it will, if you hear that and say, all ads that are critical of the other guy are smear ads and they're not true," Boylan said.

With three weeks left until election day, most polls show a pretty tight race between Hanabusa and Djou.

All eyes will be on a new poll, released Wednesday by the congressional newspaper, "The Hill."

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