That’s right, folks: Tenari Ma’afala, the head of the all-powerful state police union who has worked long hours to make sure Hawaii residents aren’t able to see the disciplinary records of active duty cops and who loathes our state’s new law legalizing same-sex marriage so much that he testified before the state Legislature last year that he would refuse to enforce it has thrown his support (once again) behind Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa.
“Mayor Arakawa has always been supportive of the needs of the Maui Police Department and understands that police officers need resources to protect our communities,” said Ma’afala, the president of the State of Hawaii Organization of Police Officers (SHOPO), in a June 16 press release from Arakawa’s campaign. “We welcome another four more years under his administration.”
And, of course, Arakawa’s campaign manager was only too happy to accept the endorsement.
“The Friends of Alan Arakawa campaign appreciates the confidence that our unions have placed in Mayor Arakawa and we look forward to having their vote at the polls,” said Arakawa Campaign Chair Lynn Araki-Regan in the press release cited above. “Mayor Arakawa is dedicated to improving this community and our union leadership recognizes that, mahalo again for their support.”
Hawaii Campaign Spending Commission records indicate that SHOPO has contributed $2,625 to Arakawa’s reelection campaign since the summer of 2011. They gave their most recent contribution, $125, on Sept. 18, 2013.
Photo of Officer Barney Fife: Rogers and Cowan, Beverly Hills/Wikimedia Commons