Ben Cayetano and Kirk Caldwell: Candidates for Honolulu Mayor
Ben Cayetano and Kirk Caldwell

BY CLIFF SLATER – Kirk Caldwell was elected Mayor of Honolulu on Tuesday, November 6, through the efforts of Hawaii’s entire political establishment.

The effort was headed by U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, supported by Hawaii’s major corporations under the banner of Move Oahu Forward, and the unionized large construction companies and their construction union partners operating as the Pacific Resource Partnership.

It is estimated that their various supporters together with anonymous PACs may have spent $7 million in succeeding to destroy the reputation of a fine man in the minds of too many of our voters. It was enough to make the difference in the election.

When our so-called community “leaders” descend to such depths over money and power, it should not give us any confidence for our economic and environmental future.