Response to Schatz campaign memo from Peter Boylan, Hanabusa’s
campaign spokesman, Oct. 16, 2013:
"There's a lot more to winning over voters in Hawaii than this sort of cynical
and mechanical political calculation. The Schatz campaign seems to have
forgotten that Brian was appointed to his seat by Governor Abercrombie,
and the people of Hawaii have yet to express their opinion about who can
best serve them in the United States Senate. In Hawaii, raising the most
money or getting the most endorsements doesn't always win the race. The
voters are smarter than that. Nor do Hawaii voters cast their ballots based
on identification with a particular ideology. It's more accurate to say that
they have preferred highly-qualified candidates who reflect their core
"I don't think a majority of Hawaii voters could define 'progressive politics,'
nor do they define themselves by those labels. They know what concerns
them, they know what's important to them, and they vote accordingly.
They're not going to vote for you just because you say, 'I'm a progressive.'
They'll vote for you if you really listen to them, truly understand what is
important to them, and demonstrate real leadership in providing what they
need to make their lives better. Colleen's record shows that she does just
that. Voters have responded by electing her to the State Senate and to
Congress, and her colleagues responded by electing her Senate
"This election will come down to who voters believe will be the best U.S.
Senator, and who will provide the leadership that Hawaii needs now. It's
their first chance to have their voices heard on that, and we don't think they
will care about money or labels. They will care about experience,
effectiveness, and leadership."