Republican Linda Lingle’s extreme makeover not only extends to her, um, spotty record on debates in the 2012 campaign, but also to her debate history during her re-election bid for Governor in 2006.
During that 2006 election, Lingle reluctantly agreed to just one debate against her Democratic opponent Randy Iwase. Lingle’s sole debate was on October 6, 2006, just one month before the general election.
During Hawaii’s 2012 Republican primary campaign, how many debates did Linda Lingle agree to with her opponent, John Carroll? Zero. Between October 13, 2011, the day Linda Lingle announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate, and the primary election on August 11, 2012 – Linda Lingle went 303 days refusing to debate.
And, despite repeated attempts to convince voters of her “bipartisanship,” Republican Linda Lingle was the only major U.S. Senate candidate who failed to appear at the bi-partisan Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association (HLTA) debate on May 29, 2012 – one that Mazie Hirono, Ed Case and even John Carroll participated in. This was just one of five debates Hirono participated in during Hawaii’s 2012 primary campaign.
So, don’t take the bait on Linda Lingle’s belated and hollow attempts to create a false “debate about debates” with Mazie Hirono. Hirono and Lingle will have plenty of debates between now and November 6th – Linda Lingle knows it and she clearly has no standing when it comes to lecturing others about debating.