MAZIE BRINGS "MR. FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC" TO HAWAII
News Release from Hawaii Republican Party
In the same week that Gov. Linda Lingle hosted Sen. Susan Collins, one of the nation’s most bipartisan leaders, Mazie Hirono has opted to campaign with Congressman Barney Frank - the poster child for the hyper-partisanship in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the caustic rhetoric he spews at every media opportunity, Congressman Frank’s lax oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac contributed significantly to the decimation of our global economy in 2008. Barney Frank infamously said, “These two entities - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - are not facing any kind of financial crisis. The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.”
Besides her willingness to raise money using someone so responsible for home foreclosures all over America, including here in Hawaii, Mazie is even willing to jeopardize our state's main industry if it means furthering her ambition. She showed this by attacking Senator Roy Blunt, who is co-chair of the U.S. Senate Travel & Tourism Caucus. He is a co-author of the bipartisan International Tourism Facilitation Act, which would encourage foreign travel to Hawaii and the nation.
"Mazie just doesn't understand that a U.S. Senator must be able to get along with colleagues of both parties in order to represent their state. Because she is already calling potential colleagues names, she will have a hard time being taken seriously. It may be good politics, but it's not leadership," former Congresswoman Patricia Saiki said.
"Unlike Mazie, Governor Lingle will work on issues with colleagues on both sides of the aisle, especially when it benefits the people of Hawaii and the nation," Saiki added.
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News Release from Hawaii Republican Party
Recently we've seen some of the most partisan rhetoric in the history of Washington, D.C. in the U.S. Congress. The 88% unfavorable rating of Congress highlights this point. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have been unable to reach common sense solutions that will put our country back on track. And, some of the country's current elected officials, who are now candidates for higher office, are satisfied with the current status quo atmosphere and look to push the partisan rhetoric even further.
Yesterday, Congresswomen Mazie Hirono hosted here in Hawaii, to speak on her behalf, one of the most partisan and out of touch members the U.S. House, Cong. Barney Frank, 'Mr. Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac'. You remember his infamous quote: "These two entities - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - are not facing any kind of financial crisis. The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing." Is this the type of person we want our leaders to follow and pal around with?
Even fellow Democrat Ed Case weighed in, saying that Frank's positions are harming the future of our country.
"[Frank's] and Mazie's extreme-left fiscal and economic policies and endless partisan warfare are no more the solution for our country than the far right's," said Hawaii Democrat candidate for U.S. Senate Ed Case.
Case is not the only Democrat breaking from the ranks of partisan Hirono and Frank. As an example, 107 democrats rejected the Congressional Progressive Caucus' budget proposal, including Hawaii's own Congresswomen Colleen Hanabusa.
As partisan politicians like Mazie Hirono and Barney Frank try to push legislation that hurt the average American, we must turn to leaders who work on our behalf to ensure Hawaii's residents will be first, last and always in their minds. Leaders like former-Gov. Linda Lingle, who has the proven record of independent, bipartisan decision making. As Senator Susan Collins said this week, "The atmosphere in Congress right now has become pretty toxic. Vitriolic rhetoric makes it more difficult to work together. ... Moderates like Linda (Lingle) can help us bridge that partisan divide and solve problems rather than just score political points."
Hawaii deserves better than Rep. Mazie Hirono, who has been and continues to be part of the mess that is in Congress today.
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Message to Lingle Campaign Supporters April 16
Mazie Hirono, one of Governor Linda Lingle's potential opponents in the upcoming November General Election, simply does not understand that Hawaii needs elected leaders who put Hawaii's interest over a national agenda and Democrat Party politics.
This week, Mazie brought Congressman Barney Frank to our state. Yes, the same Barney Frank who is one of the most partisan, divisive politicians in Washington, D.C. and whose decisions led to today's abysmal state of our nation's economy. The fact that she would host such a controversial politician like Barney Frank - touting him as her role model - is a direct contradiction of the mindset of the people of Hawaii and definitely not the type of leadership we need to move our state forward.
Barney Frank not only votes with his party 93% of the time, he was the Chair of the oversight committee for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In 2005, he stood on the House floor and said, "These two entities - Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - are not facing any kind of financial crisis..." Was he simply uninformed or was he beholden to special interests? Either way, I don't have to tell you what happened to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, because we are still feeling the impacts of the 2008 global economic crisis which began with their downfall. And, now Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are asking for more money from taxpayers.
If this is the type of leadership Mazie looks to follow if she is elected, then Hawaii and our nation are in for dark days ahead. Hirono and Frank are part of a Congress with the lowest favorable rating in our nation's history, 12%. This distinction should be cause for embarrassment for Mazie and her friends who are Washington insiders. Mazie and Barney have chosen to arrogantly parade across the state asking for money from Hawaii residents when our economy, and Hawaii's own home owners are still reeling from the impacts of their failed policies and lax oversight. This is not only sad, it's self-serving and quite pathetic.
Even her fellow Democrat Ed Case recognizes that Barney Frank's style of leadership is bad for our nation, stating, "his and Mazie's extreme-left fiscal and economic policies and endless partisan warfare are no more the solution for our country than the far right's."
For Mazie Hirono to happily and willingly host a politician who has figured so prominently in our country's economic and political problems is simply an insult to the people of Hawaii.
Shame on Mazie for her actions!
With your support, we can prevent these types of leaders from taking our country further in a dysfunctional direction. Instead of the caustic, bitter fighting that we see from Barney Frank and his protege Mazie Hirono, Hawaii wants leaders who can put aside the partisan politics and will always put people first.
Andrew, this is just one contrast in what you will see, hear and read in the next seven months of the campaign. On one hand, we have a choice of balance, executive, independent, bipartisan, common-sense solutions versus hyper-partisanship, gridlock and blind devotion to political party.
The choice is clear:We NEED Gov. Linda Lingle and her integrity and leadership as our next U.S. Senator.
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