Congresswoman Mazie Hirono’s public relations team launched an attack on former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle on August 10, 2012, Primary Election eve, focusing the teacher furloughs that were in effect in Hawaii’s public schools in 2009 and 2010 because of budget shortfalls.
Hirono’s U.S. Senate team said: “As the second week of school comes to a close today – Friday – U.S. Democratic Senate candidate Mazie Hirono noted that the students are in their classrooms, preparing themselves for the jobs and careers of the future. They were not at the malls, or at home watching television, or out and about looking for things to do. And their working parents were not worrying about child care, babysitting, or missing work to stay home with their kids on a school day.
“Thankfully for Hawaii’s students, parents and teachers, today is a very different Friday than the debilitating Furlough Fridays of Republican Linda Lingle. Parents didn’t have to find child care, or adjust their work schedules, or lose a day’s work and a day’s pay to take care of their children. And while our hard working parents scrambled to take care of their kids, Linda Lingle took a trip to China — leaving parents and educators to deal with the impact of the furloughs.
“These are not the values that our next U.S. Senator should have. We need someone who will stand up for our students and working families. The Republicans need only 4 votes to gain control of the Senate. If Linda Lingle goes to the Senate she will march in lock-step with the national Republican Party whose budget plans would cut support for public education.”
Hirono is one of two candidates in the Democratic Primary election this Saturday, August 11. Recent polls show Hirono is virtually tied with former Congressman Ed Case, (D-Hawaii 2002-2007), but Hirono has largely ignored Case and focused on criticizing Lingle.
“With less than 24 hours before Hawaii’s Primary Election, Mazie Hirono is arrogantly acting like she already beat Ed Case by launching a false attack against Governor Linda Lingle. She is trying to distract voters from the important issues in this once-in-a-generation election because she has no serious plan to help the people of Hawaii and get America back on track. This is a well-known pattern with Hirono, who has distorted history, clouded her own resume, refused to cite specific accomplishments or articulate her plan to fix the nation’s woes if elected to the U.S. Senate.