Winer should exit Schatz post, Cayetano says
|By Derrick DePledge, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser|
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Winer, one of the state's top Democratic strategists, helped guide PRP's
"During the 2012 election, the main target of the PRP deception was, in Winer's disrespectful words, the 'low information voter' -- an offensive description of the average voter who is usually too busy to be up on the political issues and is seen by political consultants as the easiest to influence," Cayetano said in an email.
"Under the circumstances,
"Of course, Winer could 'man up' and resign."
Cayetano has endorsed and is campaigning for U.S. Rep.
"It's disappointing a public figure would use that kind of language, as it does little to move
Winer, an attorney, is widely regarded as one of the state's best political minds. He was the campaign manager for then-U.S. Sen.
He also helped lead President
Winer also advised U.S. Sen.
Cayetano's attorney released the documents after Cayetano and PRP had settled a defamation lawsuit the former governor had filed against PRP alleging the negative advertising had unfairly tarnished his reputation. PRP, a consortium of union carpenters and private contractors, issued a public apology and pledged to donate
"This is one of those deals where no one likes to see how sausage is made. But this is how political campaigns, like it or not, are run,"
Hart said he is "not surprised that Ben is taking this personally" or turning it in a direction that potentially helps Hanabusa. "It settles some scores for him and it helps his candidate."
Other political analysts, speaking privately, said the Hanabusa campaign would likely use Winer's link to PRP as sort of an insurance policy against any negative attacks from Schatz or his allies against the congresswoman. Expect, sources say, to hear the Hanabusa campaign complain of "PRP-style" politics at the hint of any negativity from the Schatz camp.
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