Skip to comments.(AK) GOP Rep. Don Young endorses Democrat in Hawaii Senate race
Posted on 07/24/2012 6:13:13 PM PDT by markomalley
Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) has endorsed Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in her Senate bid, a surprising move since the seat could be in play for Republicans this fall.
Young praises Hirono for working across the aisle in the lighthearted Web ad, in which he repeatedly jokes about criticizing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) before hugging Hirono at the end.
"While Mazie and I don't see eye to eye on everything, we've done something too many people in Washington refuse to cross the aisle and do: We've worked together," Young said in the ad, and praises Hirono for working with him to protect funding for education programs for native Alaskans and Hawaiians. "If you're looking for a United States senator who doesn't just talk about bipartisanship but actually knows how to work with Republicans and Democrats to get things done, Mazie Hirono will be that senator."
Hirono will face off against former Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii) in the state's Aug. 11 primary. Case, a former member of the centrist Blue Dog Democratic Coalition, has argued he'd be the more electable candidate because of his bipartisan credentials, an argument this endorsement undercuts.
Hirono has the backing of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and is favored in the primary. The winner will face former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle (R) in the fall in a race that leans Democratic.
The day of the reach around is over. Time to cut Young loose to find honest employment somewhere else.
The “moderates” are feeling empowered recently and its going to be costly.
Sarah must be the only decent politician to have come from AK. Its two senators are pathetic.
I wish there were an impenetrable wall of flame right in the middle of the aisle.
me thinks there has been some swapping of bodily fluids between these two....
What does it take to mount a recall effort in Alaska?
Someone remind this idiot and his owners in the MSM that the entire freaking point of different parties is to represent different approaches and ideas. This working together BS is just that. Bullshit.
How does one logically ‘work with’ people who want you to vanish into thin air? The Dems and the ‘platform’ of the GOP are 100% opposed. Unfortunately the GOP itself is now the Dem party and to hell with their own platform.
Someone explain why the GOP should ‘work with’ anyone but the American people in it’s membership/voters? If by some miracle, the goals and processes to achieve them align with the Dems or any other party, then OK. But that’s not gonna ever happen. Ergo, either the GOP represents their constituents or they represent the Dem constituents through compromise. Because a political party is not there to compromise. It’s there to achieve the ends of the members. If compromise and kumbaya politics is the goal, then scrap the parties altogether as they are an impediment to that.
This seems lost on today’s pols and media.
there is no loyalty...none...
RINOS make me want to puke regardless of which state they hail from!
House - No more then 6 terms (12 years) in the House then sit out 2 or 3 terms to regain eligibility,
Senate - 2 terms (12 years) then sit out 1 term to regain eligibility.
Considering in my lifetime, I have never seen anyone from the Democrat party compromise on anything of substance, I then can only assume the Republican(s) "lost" on whatever issue you and Mazie "worked together" on.
Will someone please remind this idiot (and all RINOs) that she put Harry Reid in charge of the Senate!!! Not no... HELL NO!
So Donnie boy. Which one of you “crosses the aisle” the most?
I remember you same guys hollaring about Ted Stevens then crying the blues when the Dems & Obama ran everything through the Senate. You all ought to grow up and figure out how it works. Where've ya been all your lives, just get off the banana boat; sure sounds like it.
None of ya could ever make it in Alaska anyway, stay down there where ya all belong paying all those taxes; living the crime ridden and your decaying lifestyles. People in ALaska, will always vote for Don Young and his kid that runs after him too.
In 2008, Young was challenged in the GOP primary by then-Lt. Gov Sean Parnell.
Young won the primary by only 304 votes out of almost 106,000 votes cast.
Don Young has been in Congress since 1973 when he won a special election. NO ONE, regardless of their party affiliation, should hold elected office for that long.
But Alaska’s voters apparently love the pork and freebies their congressional delegation brings back to Alaska. Ted Stevens was US Senator for 40 years and likely would still be there if it wasn’t for prosecutorial misconduct.
I prefer after 12 eligibility for the same seat is ovah and out.
You can run House->Senate, Senate->House, but once your do your 12 in either one, that seat is done. It's the only way to Restore the Citizen Statesman.
Only a bare handful of hard-boiled DC lunatics would go Senate->House. Some would go Senate->Governor, and hopefully most would just find some quiet corner and drool on themselves, because the Senate is the problem right now. And to regimentally purge it of lifers like Lugar is the solution.
Here in Hilo when Mazie was running for Governor against Linda Lingle, Mazie’s supporters were on one side of the main drag and we Lingle supporters were on the opposite side. Our supporters were all enthusiastic volunteers, and Mazie’s were reluctant paid union people.
Since she came to Hawaii from Japan when she was 3 years old, she does not speak Japanese. Knowing that, we kept up a chant of MAZUI, MAZUI,MAZUI. In Japanese this means unsavory, bland, not acceptable.
Her people didn’t know how to respond.