Democrats try to overcome scorched earth campaigns to refocus on November challenge
September 18, 2010 – Hilo, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan
Kamehameha Avenue was was overrun by honking horns, colored signs and raucous cheering on Friday evening. State Democrats heeded the call to gather for the Grand Rally – Hilo’s election-time tradition that is held faithfully on the eve of the September Primary.
Most of the space along the highway was taken by supporters of gubernatorial candidates Mufi Hannemann and Neil Abercrombie (the night’s “main event”), with the red t-shirts on the mauka side of the road, white t-shirts makai. Despite the obvious division, it was a Democratic love-fest at the customary candidate speeches held beneath the Mooheau Bandstand later in the evening.
Those who expected a verbal bloodbath between the two gubernatorial candidates (even Colleen Hanabusa admitted she “came to see Neil and Mufi”) were instead treated to a measured display of support for one another, as the party already appeared to be planting the seeds of unification before heading into the general election.
The promise to heal wounds, even in the midst of continued attack advertisements, was expressed not only by the two candidates, but by others running on the same party ticket. Mayor Billy Kenoi, not running for any office but representing U.S. Senator Dan Inouye’s bid for re-election, reminded the crowd of President Obama’s primary election opponent – and eventual Secretary of State – Hillary Clinton.
After the candidates made their final pre-election appeal to voters, they joined the crowd in clasping hands for Hawaii Pono’i, before facing their political fates the next day.
|RAW VIDEO: 2010 Campaign – The final seven minutes – Mufi Hannemann
As determined by a toss of the coin, Mufi Hannemann gives his final campaign speech on the eve of the Primary Election at the Mooheau Bandstand in Hilo.
More info: mufihannemann.com
|RAW VIDEO: 2010 Campaign – The final seven minutes – Neil Abercrombie
Neil Abercrombie, candidate for Hawaii Governor, gives his final campaign speech at the Mooheau Bandstand in Hilo on the eve of the primary.
More info: neilabercrombie.com
|RAW VIDEO: The man who challenges Senator Inouye – Andrew Woerner
Andy Woerner, a well spoken candidate for U.S. Senate, is an intriguing personality – as much for his guts in attempting to unseat the country’s senior Senator Dan Inouye, as for his ideas. Woerner has even filed a petition with the Supreme Court of Hawaii to protect voting rights on the islands. Inouye was not present at the rally, but Mayor Billy Kenoi offered remarks on his behalf.
More info: andyforussenatehawaii.com