Time to play, Can You Spot the Weasel Words?
Last week, in a letter posted on the Hawaii Christian Coalition (HCC) Web site, state Republican Party Chair Jonah Ka‘auwai wrote that gubernatorial candidate Duke Aiona “will win because the Church has been behind him the entire time operating in the POWER and the AUTHORITY of the NAME OF JESUS!” Added Ka‘auwai: “Neither Mufi Hannemann nor Neil Abercrombie is righteous and a vote for either in the primary or general election is succumbing to fear and advancing unrighteousness!”
The letter was eventually removed from the HCC site, but not before it was widely disseminated, ultimately landing Ka‘auwai on MSNBC talking head Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World” segment.
So how did Duke respond?
“While faith is a central part of my life, I’m running for Governor to serve all the people of Hawaii—regardless of their religion. The goal of our grassroots campaign is to connect with every citizen in every community of this great state, and Chairman Ka‘auwai’s personal comments are seen by many as divisive. Our campaign is focused on families, friends and neighbors of all backgrounds, and we’re going to continue to reach out to all the citizens of Hawaii.”
Did you spot ’em?