Hanabusa Campaign Attacks Schatz over Bloomberg Fundraiser

The mayor of New York City will headline a Sen. Brian Schatz fundraiser in Kahala Thursday, something Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is using as political fodder.

Hanabusa’s Senate campaign sent out fundraising appeals to supporters today and last week that condemn Schatz for spending time with Mike Bloomberg, a billionaire that “long championed deep cuts to Social Security and Medicare.” The emails, authored by Hanabusa’s campaign spokesman, Peter Boylan, include this statement:

Bloomberg spent a lot of of his time in New York making bad decisions for working families, and balancing the budget by pushing cuts to programs for children, education, benefits and pensions. He was on the wrong side of every issue that affect people who work and sacrifice for every dollar while worrying about their future. The very issues that we know are so important to so many families in Hawaii.

Asked for a response, Clay Schroers, Schatz’s campaign manager, had this to say:

Senator Schatz is pleased to have the support of the Mayor given his leadership on common sense gun safety legislation and strong promotion of clean energy production to slow the effects of climate change. Senator Schatz’s priority is always delivering for Hawaii, and effective leadership in the Senate for Hawaii means developing relationships with leaders across the country.

Hanabusa and Schatz are competing in the August 2014 Democratic primary. Bloomberg steps down this week after three terms in office.


Photo: Mayor Mike Bloomberg. (Boss Tweed)

—Chad Blair

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