Charles Djou’s main goal was, of course, to win against the candidate he viewed as his real threat. But it was also to push me below Colleen Hanabusa in the hope that she, rather than me, will be his opponent in November’s general election.
Colleen’s goal, as confirmed election night by her campaign manager, was not to beat Charles but to finish second. This was so she could claim entitlement to the primary nomination, although my candidacy is the stronger one against Charles in the general.
Both achieved their goals. But how?
Here are two amazingly frank post-election articles describing how Charles and the national Republicans went about it and why: From Politico out of D.C.: “GOP Threw Gasoline On Hawai‘i Fires.”
From the Independent Women’s Voice, the conservative D.C. group which alone spent around $250,000 on attack ads: “In Hawai‘i’s first congressional district, not only did Charles Djou win, Ed Case came in third.”
These articles outline the dark side of politics. Negative, D.C.-style attack politics are widely decried but too often work, as they certainly did here. And they are forgotten, forgiven or explained away as “just politics” once the results are in.