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Tulsi Gabbard is a candidate for the HI-02 House seat vacated by Congresswoman Hirono to run for Senate. She has previously served in the military, in the Honolulu City Council, and in the Hawaii House of Representatives--her campaign materials seem to emphasize her military service. But behind this impressive political C.V.--like so many--is the product of a political dynasty. Tulsi is the daughter of Mike Gabbard, a Hawaii state Senator, former Republican, and anti-gay activist. Certainly, no one should be assumed to share the political views of their parents. But Tulsi Gabbard's political connections to her father go far beyond the family relationship. Despite her recent claims to socially-progressive views, the identities of her staffers and donors make much more sense as the products of a conservative family network than as the products of conventional ideological organizations.

Mike Gabbard:

As a quick introduction to Tulsi Gabbard's father, here is a 2004 profile from Honolulu magazine:

Many remember Gabbard best as the antagonistic leader of the movement to quash same-sex marriage in Hawai'i. As founder of the Alliance for Traditional Marriage and Values, a political action committee, Gabbard helped wage an expensive media campaign to convince voters that gay marriage would devastate Hawai'i.

An article about Tulsi Gabbard's congressional campaign and "leftward journey" adds additional information about Mike Gabbard's more recent positions:

Mike Gabbard went through a transformation of his own — from being a Republican to a Democrat — in recent years, but his social conservatism doesn't appear to have changed. For example, when Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed legislation legalizing same-sex civil unions last year, the elder Gabbard called it a "sad day" for the people of Hawaii.

That's not all, though, from the Honolulu Magazine piece. I don't know how much to emphasize this--I don't want to judge anyone for their religious beliefs or membership--but it's impossible to ignore once you start reading about the Gabbards. Take it as information about their political and social networks--not as mockery of their religious beliefs.

Gabbard had strong ties to an obscure Hare Krishna splinter group that, in the late 1970s, fielded several political candidates. The splinter group was founded by a Hawai'i homegrown guru named Chris Butler.
Butler eventually broke away from ISKCON, criticizing the regimen and centralization of ISKCON life. He formed his own organization, which has had several names: Hare Name Society, Identity Institute and the Science of Identity Foundation. What started as a small religious sect on Maui in the 1970s developed a following that, according to some estimates, includes tens of thousands of people all over the world.
Many of Butler's associates made headlines in the 1976 election when they created a party called Independents for Godly Government. As its name implied, the group insisted on rigorous moral standards for its candidates.
In the '80s and '90s, Butler appeared in a series of locally filmed shows, titled Jagad Guru Speaks, in which he sermonized on spirituality. In one episode... Mike and Carol Gabbard are shown sitting just a few feet away from the charismatic guru, laughing along with the audience.

Gabbard's wife served as secretary/treasurer of the Science of Identity Foundation until 2000, before she successfully ran for a seat on the state Board of Education. Both Gabbard and his wife were listed as teachers at the Science of Identity Foundation in Polk's City Directory in the early 1990s.

In the late '80s and early '90s, both Gabbards worked as staffers in the office of then Maui state Sen. Rick Reed. A controversial figure himself, Reed has acknowledged Butler as his "spiritual adviser." Reed mounted short-lived campaigns for both Congress and the lieutenant governorship in 1986. He then ran for U.S. Senate against Daniel Inouye in 1992, setting off a scandal when he publicized claims that Inouye had sexually molested a Honolulu hairdresser named Lenore Kwock.

All five of Gabbard's children have Hindu names: Bhakti, Jai, Aryan, Tulsi and Vrindavan (Hinduism is the root of the Hare Krishna religion). The Gabbards' Natural Deli was housed in Down to Earth, which was then owned and managed by Butler followers.

No one questions Gabbard's right to believe as he chooses. Some may even applaud him for his religious beliefs. However, some voters may worry about his former ties to a Krishna sect. Especially when members and associates of that group have mounted repeated attempts at high public office.

Tulsi Gabbard's history on LGBT issues:

Let's start with how many of us at DKE heard about Gabbard recently: She was endorsed by EMILY's List, a progressive organization. This caused a backlash when Gabbard's history of anti-LGBT statements and positions came out.

For example, in the above profile, Tulsi Gabbard had this to say in response to questions about her father's ties to a splinter Hare Krishna sect:

When HONOLULU asked Gabbard in an e-mail to clarify his former relationship with Butler's Krishna group, Gabbard's daughter, state Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo, sent us an angry e-mail in response. "I smell a skunk," Tamayo wrote. "It's clear to me that you're acting as a conduit for The Honolulu Weekly and other homosexual extremist supporters of Ed Case."

There's more.

State Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo, D-42nd (Waipahu, Honouliuli, 'Ewa), Gabbard's daughter, said the figures released by her mother contradict a claim in the House resolution that gay and lesbian students are three times as likely as other students to face harassment.

Tamayo said a study that asks students questions about their sexuality would be a violation of student privacy. She also said many parents would see the study as an indirect attempt by government to encourage young people to question their sexual orientation.

Gabbard Tamayo said the harassment figures "show that our schools are not rampant with anti-gay harassment."

Here's Tulsi Gabbard in an article about a civil unions bill (h/t: DCPatriot):

A bill that would give gay couples the opportunity to receive the same rights and privileges as married couples through civil unions appears to be dead at the Legislature this year, despite more than three hours of impassioned testimony last night from both sides of the debate.
Opponents , led by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo, D-42nd (Waipahu, Honouliuli, 'Ewa), also held signs in protest outside the third-floor committee room.

And here she is--quoted in the "leftward journey" article--"[i]n testimony opposing civil unions legislation" in 2004:

"To try to act as if there is a difference between 'civil unions' and same-sex marriage is dishonest, cowardly and extremely disrespectful to the people of Hawaii who have already made overwhelmingly clear our position on this issue... As Democrats we should be representing the views of the people, not a small number of homosexual extremists."

So there was a backlash, as I said, when EMILY's List endorsed her.

After Civil Beat posted the item (scroll down, please) about an online petition circulating to urge EMILY’s List to reconsider its support for Tulsi Gabbard, her campaign manager, Devin Bull, emailed “information regarding Tulsi’s stance on progressive issues.”

More on this Devin Bull character in a bit. Let's talk about:

Tulsi Gabbard's Non-Profit:

This is from Tulsi Gabbard's campaign for City Council in 2010.

A tax-exempt charitable organization co-founded by Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo has been promoting her campaign for City Council on its website, prompting other candidates in the race to cry foul.
The nonprofit Stand Up for America was founded by Tamayo and her father, state Sen. Mike Gabbard, after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to promote patriotism and America's unity as "one nation under God." It is exempt from paying income taxes and may receive tax-deductible contributions as a charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

Such nonprofits may not endorse political candidates. Since mid-July, Stand Up For America's website has featured a news release from the Tamayo campaign announcing her candidacy, highlighting her "record of proven leadership," and including quotations from Tamayo and a link to, her campaign website.

Tamayo is vice president of the nonprofit and her father is its president. Contacted Friday, Tamayo said she didn't realize the news release and campaign link were on the nonprofit's website.

"It was an honest mistake from a volunteer," Tamayo said. "I'm very, very sensitive to the perception of impropriety. I wasn't aware that the press release was posted on there. I need to talk to the volunteer who helped with the website and we'll get that corrected immediately.

"I hadn't been to our Stand Up for America website recently so I didn't know that that was up there," added Tamayo, a former state legislator who represented Waipahu and Ewa.

As of yesterday the site no longer included the news release and link.
In its latest IRS tax filing, a short form, Stand Up for America reported receiving less than $25,000 in 2009. The most recent event held by the organization, according to its website, was a parenting seminar by John Rosemond in 2007.

Even leaving aside the campaign violation--why did they maintain the non-profit as a shell?

Tulsi Gabbard's defense did not satisfy their nemeses at Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church:

Ali Riggs (“Riggs”) is the secretary/treasurer of SUFA and her comment above is a clear admission of wrongdoing by an officer of SUFA. Hardly a "mistake from a volunteer," as Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo (“Tamayo”) claimed in the article.
There is virtually no separation between Senator Mike Gabbard and candidate Tamayo's political activities and SUFA. In fact, both the "Stand Up for America" and the "Mike Gabbard for Senate" CONTRIBUTION FORMS share the same telephone number and email address (compare below).

This story also earned the non-profit a mention on the website of "The Nonprofit Quarterly" (via a comment to this blog post):

But does Stand Up have a purpose other than promoting Tamayo? The organization exists, formally, to promote patriotism and "America's unity as 'one nation under God.'" But it hasn't done anything since a 2007 lecture series it sponsored and a 2005 "Raise a Purple Finger for Freedom" campaign in solidarity with Iraq's first national democratic elections. It took in less than the required minimum in 2009 to necessitate a full Form 990 filing. It may be virtually nonexistent, but the SUFA website contains a long, effusive paean to Tulsi Tamayo that does a great job in describing her many wonderful qualities, but seems to have little connection to any charitable purpose of the organization. Sorry, but the Tamayo explanation doesn't ring true. The organization appears to be little more than a vehicle for whatever Gabbard and Tamayo want to say and do, which appears at the moment mostly to be concerned with Tamayo's political future. And that's not a convincingly 501(c)(3) purpose.

Tulsi Gabbard's Staff:

Who is Devin Bull, aside from being Tulsi Gabbard's campaign manager? According to the Gabbards' nemeses at Hawaii Citizens for the Separation of State and Church,

Devon [sic] Bull was a hard-core "Gabbardite", who worked for Stop Promoting Homosexuality Hawaii, the Alliance for Traditional Marriage and Values, and Hawaii's Future Today, which were among Hawaii's most bigoted and hate-spewing organizations over the last 20 years.

According to another forum, Bull "was Mike Gabbard's campaign manager when he ran for the same U.S. Congressional seat that Tulsi Gabbard is currently running for, the 2nd Hawaii Congressional District, against Ed Case in 2004. "

Yes, I'm quoting comments and forums--but they seem to check out. Bull really did work for Gabbard's campaign, although possibly as a campaign spokesperson, not a manager.

And as for Bull's history on LGBT issues? Here he is, admittedly back in 2001, in an article about a "committee appointed to recommend how the Department of Education could protect gay students from harassment":

But Devin Bull, a committee member, called the recommendation a fake report because the full committee has never reached consensus.

"Their agenda is to teach homosexuality in the schools," Bull said.

So the guy that Tulsi Gabbard has e-mailing reporters information about her socially progressive views worked for her father's Republican campaign for Congress and accused a Board of Education committee of trying to teach gayness in the schools. That is, to quote my own headline, pretty curious.

So is this odd little report from a campaign spending hearing back in 2002, when Tulsi Gabbard was running for the state house:

Complaint alleges that candidate Mike Gabbard failed to accurately report expenditures for automobile decals, failed to disclose information for two campaign loans, failed to disclose the payee or recipient of campaign funds for providing services or goods, failed to disclose accurate expenditures for banners and signs and failed to sufficiently describe expenditures made by the candidate. Mr. Randal Yoshida, counsel for candidate Gabbard filed a written response explaining the allegations in detail.
Mr. Devin Bull, explained and demonstrated how the campaigns, Mike and Tulsi Gabbard's, were able to create signs and banners at a low cost to the committees.

"The campaigns, Mike and Tulsi Gabbard's"--same thing, I guess. Randal Yoshida is referred to in that article as both "counsel for candidate [Mike] Gabbard" and as "counsel for Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo".

What about the rest of Tulsi Gabbard's staff? Tulsi's campaign finance director is one Erika Tsuji. And who is Erika Tsuji? She used to be Mike Gabbard's Community Liason. Back when she was Erika Moon, she was also Tulsi Gabbard's campaign manager in the City Council race, according to the HCSSC article about that story.

Can we consider Tulsi Gabbard an independent political force from her father when two of her most important campaign staffers came from her father's organization?

Tulsi Gabbard's fundraising:

Let's look at Tulsi Gabbard's fundraising. As of this writing, Tulsi has received 9 donations for $2,500--the largest amount. (She's announced her donation totals for a more recent quarter, but I don't think the FEC has that information yet--everything below is in reference to the information currently with the FEC.) Of these 9 donations, two have come from Nancy and Walt Cardinet. Who are they? The brother-in-law and sister of Carol Gabbard--that's Mike Gabbard's wife and the former member of the state Board of Education. Both also donated to Mike Gabbard back when he was a Republican.

That wouldn't be so weird--except that Walter mostly donates to Republicans. He's donated to Kevin McCarthy, Scott Garrett, John Thune, Pat Tiberi, etc. (And, oddly, to a few Democrats as well.)

Two more of Tulsi Gabbard's largest donations came from a family member--Vrindavan Gabbard. And one more came from Elsie Porter--another old Mike Gabbard donor.

So of Tulsi Gabbard's nine largest donations, five--a majority--came from family members or people who donated to her father when he was a Republican.

Tulsi Gabbard's also received five donations of $2000. One is another one from Walt Cardinet. Another is from yet another Gabbard--Gerald Gabbard. (Actually, that's Mike Gabbard--Mike's real first name is Gerald. My bad.) A third is from Leparis Young--yet another donor to Mike Gabbard's old Congressional campaigns. This one's even weirder: Leparis Young also donated to Tom Tancredo for President, to the "TEAM AMERICA PAC", and to something called "Black America's Political Action Committee"--that one's "founded and chaired by Alan Keyes ".

Like I said--curious. What is a guy like that doing donating a lot of money to a supposedly-liberal Democrat?

Of Gabbard's 14 largest donations so far, 8 have come from family members or from people who donated to her father's campaign. Make it the 18 largest donations, and you can throw in Carol Gabbard--Tulsi's mother--and Franklin Tsuji, Erika Tsuji's husband. More donors overlap as you go down the list. Remember Down to Earth--where the Gabbards' deli was housed, and which was allegedly once owned by followers of Butler? Employees there threw in another $800. Donna Lay, who replaced Erika Tsuji at Mike Gabbard's office? Another $700 from her.

Tim Anthony? $1200 to Mike Gabbard in 2004, and $1100 to Tulsi Gabbard now. Phineas Casady? $600 to Tulsi Gabbard in 2011, and lots more to Mike Gabbard in 2004 and 2006. Patricia Compton? $1000 to Tulsi Gabbard in 2011, and $2000 for Rick Reed's Senate campaign back in 1992--remember that one? Scroll up. Oh yeah--and a Mike Gabbard donor.

Let's add up the total donations. I looked up Mike Gabbard's donors in Mostly, they're for his 2004 campaign, although a few date from after that election--I'm not sure why. They're all to him as a Republican, though.

Keep in mind that some of this might be coincidence--but I tried to be cautious, but I am fallible. When first and last names matched between Tulsi Gabbard's 2011/2012 campaign and Mike Gabbard's campaign, I included them even if the names are common.

I also included a Robert Riggs who donated to Tulsi Gabbard when a Robert Riggs Jr. donated to Mike Gabbard's 2004 campaign--both of Honolulu, albeit with slightly different zip codes, but then again, this is an eight-year gap. Hey, Riggs, that sounds familiar--Ali Riggs was the one who posted the campaign stuff to Stand Up For America! As it turns out, Alison Riggs donated to Mike Gabbard's campaign in 2004 as well--same link--and Robert and Alison Riggs were two of Mike Gabbard's biggest donors in 2006. I also think that the Robert Riggs who donated to Tulsi Gabbard is actually Rock Riggs, Mike Gabbard's office manager--he lists his occupation as "office manager" for the "State of Hawaii" with the FEC. So, that's probably not a coincidence.

Right--we were adding things up.

Gabbard has received $112,718 (or $112,717? My spreadsheet disagrees with the FEC--maybe just a rounding error) in itemized individual donations to date, and $148,105 in all.

Of that, $42,403 seems to have come from the intersecting groups of Gabbards, Tsujis, Down to Earth employees, and Mike Gabbard's old donors and staffers. That's just based on my Googling--but that's still about 28.6% of her total fundraising--and about 37.6% of her fundraising from itemized individual donations. I'm not a fundraising analyst, but that seems like a lot. Remember, Mike Gabbard ran as a Republican.

Tulsi Gabbard has definitely received large donations from more conventional donors--but it's hard not to think, especially considering who her finance director is, that Tulsi Gabbard isn't using her father's financial network as well as his personal network.

Tulsi Gabbard's Record and Issue Positions:

This would normally be the most interesting thing about a candidate--but Tulsi Gabbard doesn't give us a lot of information.

Her website mentions very few issue positions--she seems to be running mostly on her biography. There's something about an "updated Vista program with China", and she's for an end to the War in Afghanistan. In response to the EMILY's List controversy, Devin Bull said that Gabbard

believes that same-sex couples should have adoption rights and that LGBTQ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning folks should be protected by federal anti-discrimination laws.

That same story quotes Gabbard as saying government

has no business in our bedrooms, and should ideally get out of the marriage business altogether...This, I believe, is the ideal solution to assure that everyone can enjoy equal rights. However, until this ideal solution is achieved, I would work for the repeal of DOMA at the federal level and would support civil unions at the state level as interim measures.

Here is the total description of her record in public office from her campaign biography:

She was an effective, admired, and hard-working legislator who served on the Education, Higher Education, Tourism, and Economic Development committees.
Tulsi currently serves as Chair of the Safety, Economic Development, and Government Affairs committee, as Vice Chair of the Budget committee and is a member of the Zoning and Public Works committee. In her capacity as committee chair, Tulsi has taken the lead on many important issues such as medical waste, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), dengue fever, and creating new economic opportunities through Honolulu’s first Sister City Summit.

I can't speak to too much more about her time in the Hawaii House beyond what I've mentioned. But I can speak to her voting record on the Honolulu City Council--she was only there a year.

Her voting record is basically distinctive in its lack of distinction. As far as I can tell, she has always voted with a majority of the City Council--or at least, when she's voted "No", it was always with a majority of the City Council. Also as far as I can tell, she is the only member this is true for, even if some of her colleagues have had only one "dissenting" vote. Perhaps this isn't surprising for a newly-elected Council member, but it does mean that there isn't much we can tell about Gabbard's ideology from her Council voting record, beyond that she found its policies acceptable. There was one pair of votes where the nine-member Council split evenly thanks to an absence--both regarding a bond issuance--and there, Gabbard voted "Aye" along with what seems to be both the Council's liberal and establishment members (Chang, Harimoto, and Martin also voted "Aye", while Anderson, Berg, Cachola, and Kobayashi, who seem to cast most of the "dissenting" votes on the Council, voted "Nay".)


Running for an extremely Democratic House seat currently held by the liberal Hirono, Tulsi Gabbard would presumably like to be seen as an independent political entity from her father, given his notoriously social conservative views and history. This is from that article about her "leftward journey":

Tulsi said that her departure from the "very conservative value set" with which she was raised has meant that recent conversations with her parents about social issues haven't always been "easy." But she also said she has discussed her views "in detail" with her mother and father, who couldn't be reached for comment before publication of this article.

"While my parents and I have a very close relationship, and we love each other and respect each other very much, we don't agree on everything," she said. "They respect my position and they understand where I am coming from. Most of all, they support me."
Tulsi puts it more simply: "The point here is I'm not my dad," she said. "I'm me."

You can read and click through that article for more information about Tulsi Gabbard's supposedly evolving views on social issues. (Of course, even there Tulsi "stops short of saying that the Defense of Marriage Act — which defines marriage as between one man and one woman — amounts to oppression against those who identify as gay or lesbian. Asked twice whether she believes gays and lesbians are oppressed in the United States, she declined to say. Instead, Gabbard says she looks at the law 'with the goal being government getting out of our personal lives.'")

But the following facts make that distinction--the one between Tulsi Gabbard and Mike Gabbard--difficult:

-Tulsi Gabbard's campaign for the State House was apparently tied to her father's, and she defended him and his anti-gay positions in that office.

-Her campaign for City Council was promoted using a seemingly-thin non-profit run by her with her father.

-Her campaign manager for City Council was or became her father's community liason.

-Her campaign for Congress is managed by her father's old campaign spokesman, who allegedly also worked in her father's anti-gay organizations, and at least seems to have shared their views.

-Her campaign's fundraising is run by her father's old community liason.

-Her campaign has received many of its largest donations from family members and other donors to her father's old campaign as a Republican--including some with notably (although not exclusively) conservative donation patterns--and has received other substantial donations from other people connected to her father. Apparently, a substantial percentage of her fundraising comes from her father's network.

-She does not emphasize significant political accomplishments--which might give her a political identity beyond her father's network--beyond the fact that she has held these offices. Nor does she emphasize detailed or distinctive political views.

Once you start reading about the Gabbards, it's easy to find insinuations and rumors. But the above claims seem pretty hard to dispute.

Believe me, I am hesitant to imply that an accomplished young woman running for public office is merely an extension of her father. And I don't intend this diary to be a comprehensive analysis of Gabbard's whole career--again, I don't know much about her time in the Hawaii House, and she might well have some significant legislative accomplishments there, or in the Honolulu City Council, that she didn't mention in her biography. There are blog posts I read that I haven't included here (believe it or not). What I intend this diary to be is a look at the connections between Tulsi and Mike Gabbard's organizations--which seem pretty strong.

I think it's reasonable to ask:

If two of Tulsi Gabbard's highest campaign officials come from her father's organization, who'll be her Chief of Staff if she wins? Her district manager? (She does have a staffer in the Honolulu City Council with no apparent connections to Mike Gabbard, but Congressional staffers can often start as campaign workers.) Is there a distinction between her campaign organization and her father's organization--or is her campaign for Congress, like her past campaigns seem to have been, something of a family operation? Has she been soliciting her father's old donors--and on what basis, if her views have changed from what his were and apparently still are? What are her views on the many wildly-diverse issues she'd face as a Member of Congress? What has she accomplished with the (theoretically) high-profile offices she's already held?

Still, I'll close with a video from the candidate herself--meant to allay concerns about her views on LGBT and social issues:

Reassuring, huh? (h/t ndrwmls10)

Update: I realized that, while I don't think I've seen the full donor comparison that I attempted elsewhere, there were a couple of articles that discussed donors.  This Honolulu Civil Beat article (via this more-derisively-headlined Hawaii Free Press article) adds some detail, as well as comparisons to Hannemann's donors:

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann's campaign donation ledger is a litany of names that — like Hannemann — are familiar in Hawaii business and politics.

And though Hannemann far outpaced fellow Democratic candidate and Honolulu City Council member Tulsi Gabbard in the campaign finance reporting period that ended Sept. 30, Gabbard reeled in her own group of supporters — many of them in the construction and development industries — last quarter.
In the most recent quarter of fundraising, donors gave Hannemann $294,745. He loaned himself an additional $12,000, bringing his total in the one month since he announced his candidacy to $306,745.

Gabbard pulled in less than half that amount: $125,398, including a $14,858 donation she made to herself, some of which was used to pay for airline tickets.
Though Gabbard is running as a Democrat, she has garnered the support of some regular Republican donors. There's no question she has strong Republican connections.
One example of such a donor is Leparis Young
, a retired Waianae resident who donated $2,000 to Tulsi Gabbard. FEC records show that Young has supported the elder Gabbard in past elections, and has given money to Republican PACs and presidential candidates in the past.

I think that saying that Leparis Young "has given money to Republican PACs and presidential candidates" slightly undersells it--that was the guy who gave money to Tom Tancredo's Presidential campaign and Alan Keyes' PAC.

And, if you factor in Tulsi Gabbards' self-donation, that comes to $57,261 in apparent fundraising from the Gabbard family network and Gabbard herself, out of $148,105 in total fundraising.  

This FDL post from back when Tulsi Gabbard was running for City Council also may have given me the idea of doing a donor comparison.

Note: The Hawaii Free Press blog is conservative, partisan, and insinuating in its tone.  The FDL post is mostly allegations about Butler's group.  I do not mean to necessarily endorse either of these points of view by linking to them--I am just trying to "show my work".

Second Update: Tulsi Gabbard's campaign has some additional donations from a few unions recorded on the FEC site that don't appear to be in the main summary I used above--even though I would think at least the Brotherhood of Electrical Workers donation should be, since it's dated 9/30/11.

Also, I don't know how I missed this, but Tulsi Gabbard's campaign treasurer is Carol Gabbard--Tulsi's mother.  

Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM PT: I wasn't sure whether these sorts of things merited a mention, but Gabbard does mention a few more issue positions in her campaign FB and Twitter than on her main campaign site--including linking to an anti-SOPA/PIPA site and re-Tweeting Keith Ellison that "Government should work to ensure a strong middle class, not greater concentration of wealth for Wall Street CEOs".  

Her campaign also claims that it removed the "equal rights" video I linked to in the original diary because they "are working on a re-launch of my website within the next few days and will be rolling out content on many different issues, including equal rights, economy, foreign policy, and others."  


Gabbard hasn’t yet responded to a follow-up question about whether the original equal rights video will be reposted, or whether it will be replaced with new content.

Other videos — including Gabbard’s call for an end to the war in Afghanistan and the announcement of her candidacy — remain on the site.

(h/t to tietack for the latter part.)

Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 7:07 PM PT: One more "wasn't sure whether or not to include this or not": Nancy Cardinet also donated to Hillary Clinton.  However, she only donated $250 to Clinton, and that seems to be her sole non-Gabbard donation.  Walter Cardinet, on the other hand, is a big donor.  Interestingly--and this really might be a reach--he is a member of the  Association of Advanced Life Underwriters, and donates to their PAC.  Which also happens to be the only PAC that donated to Tulsi Gabbard's campaign in the fundraising period discussed above (see the Civil Beat fundraising story).  That PAC is, of course, a big (and bipartisan) donor, and I doubt that Cardinet could compel them to endorse Tulsi Gabbard, but it's one more connection, albeit a tenuous and potentially coincidental one.


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  •  Excellent research, thank you! n/t (4+ / 0-)
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      I'm really just compiling other people's work, of course--although I haven't read about the donor comparisons anywhere else, I don't think.  Not everyone likes to compare FEC spreadsheets with OpenSecrets records quite as much as I do.  

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  •  At some point people will catch on. (1+ / 0-)
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    Democrat - Republican, black - white - brown, man - woman, etc. are all just shiny objects to distract us from the only division that matters; Rich vs. Poor, the fraction of 1% of the population that set the rules for all of us.

    None of the other issues can ever be addressed in any meaningful way until we realize who it is pulling all the strings.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

    by Greyhound on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 09:21:35 AM PST

  •  This is excellent work (2+ / 0-)
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    You deserve not only kudos, but plaudits as well.

    Sadly, our choice seems to be between her and Hannemann since Kia'aina isn't gaining much traction. So we can pick the one who's definitely a dick or the one who might be a dick.

    21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:08:36 AM PST

    •  Thanks! (2+ / 0-)
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      I didn't discuss Hannemann in the diary because I don't know as much about him.  What's interesting is that he too, or so I've read, might draw his past support from outside the usual Democratic base.  If so, and I'm paraphrasing (someone pointed out how Hannemann did better in the nonpartisan races for Honolulu office than in Democratic primaries), then the Democratic primary in this very Democratic district might basically be between two candidates who don't just have some conservative views and histories but are moreover aligned with networks separate and independent from what J. Bernstein would call the Democrats' informal party network.  That'd be pretty fascinating.

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      by Xenocrypt on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:42:26 AM PST

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      •  So then maybe the "Democratic base" (3+ / 0-)
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        Could go with Kia'aina after all?

        crosses fingers

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        by sapelcovits on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:47:41 AM PST

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        •  This is a really fun primary (3+ / 0-)
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          At least from an analytic point of view--LGBT/progressive residents of HI-02 or, well, anywhere else might not find at as fun from other points of view.

          But there are so many interesting questions: I think Tulsi has gotten some union support, but how many other endorsements have their been?  Is there a pattern?  What about Mufi's donations--are they from Democrats?  Republicans?  Non-partisan Mufi fans?  Are local progressive/Democratic bigwigs sitting this out in terms of donations, volunteering, endorsements?  Are they picking Mufi?  Tulsi?  Kia'aina?  Or trying to recruit someone?  Has anyone called Kari Luna?

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          by Xenocrypt on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:05:50 AM PST

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          •  Fun? I'd say it's borderline terrifying (4+ / 0-)
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            We can't be giving up ground in districts like this one.

            I take politics a bit personally when the issues are personal.

            Ok, so I read the polls.

            by andgarden on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:11:09 AM PST

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          •  It's a really bizarre primary shaping up (1+ / 0-)
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            none of the existing candidates are really tight with party leadership which is a rarity for congressional races in Hawaii.  It's totally wide open still and someone else could jump in and crush what's a fairly weak field.  If that doesn't happen, this will indeed become a strange primary.  I think Hannemann has a significant edge based on name recognition but he also has bad favorables.  If party loyalists are forced to choose, they'll probably pick him.

            This is all assuming Kia'aina gets nowhere which is a fair bet.

  •  good job with this (4+ / 0-)

    I suspect it's more the case that Mike Gabbard is promoting Tulsi just because she's his kid (and his buddies likewise want to see a friend's kid succeed) than that he wants to use her as a Trojan horse to push reactionary social views, but it's still important to dig all this stuff up and try to get to the bottom of it.

    From your description of Tulsi's city council record it looks like she's often the swing vote on the council, which in turn suggests that here positions are pretty close to the district's median voter.

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    by sacman701 on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:08:42 AM PST

    •  It's entirely possible that (1+ / 0-)
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      Mike Gabbard and his network are pushing Tulsi Gabbard's campaign just because they know her personally and want her to succeed, rather than for ideological reasons.  What's interesting is how much her campaigns (past and present) have depended on that personal and familial support.  I can't say for sure, but I imagine it's unusual for a former state legislator and city councilmember to still have such a tight-knit and family-oriented group of donors and staffers.  Is this really the norm?

      26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

      by Xenocrypt on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:31:27 AM PST

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      •  apples to apples (1+ / 0-)
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        You'd have to compare her to other people whose parents are also political players (Connie Mack, Russ Carnahan, Ben Lujan, etc.) as opposed to people with no family history in politics.

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        by sacman701 on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:58:36 AM PST

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        •  That's sort of what I meant (1+ / 0-)
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          I think--is this really the norm even among the products of political dynasties?  Especially controversial and party-crossing political dynasties?  That's one more thing that makes this unusual--I imagine there's far more overlap between Carnahan people and Dem people in Missouri than there is between Gabbard people and Dem people in Hawaii.  So even if, say, Russ and Robin have a lot of the same donors, that might not say as much as Mike and Tulsi having a lot of the same donors.

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          by Xenocrypt on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:15:33 AM PST

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  •  Excellent work (4+ / 0-)
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    Glad you took me up on my suggestion. Everyone should read and recommend this.

    Political Director, Daily Kos

    by David Nir on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:10:18 AM PST

  •  ISO 1998 Gabbard family ad (6+ / 0-)

    First, this is terrific work.  I was extremely concerned that Tulsi was still tied to her odious father, and I'm even more so now.

    I would love it if someone was able to dig up a TV ad that ran in the last few days before Election Day, 1998.  It was an anti-marriage (i.e., "vote yes") spot featuring the entire Gabbard clan, and was shot at Magic Island or some other beach park.  Each of the members of the family - including Tulsi, if my memories of something I saw three times 14 years ago are accurate - mocked the very idea of same-sex marriage, saying stuff like "I love my surfboard ... but I don't want to MARRY it!"  IIRC, it may have been Tulsi who said, "I love my dog ... but I don't want to MARRY it!"

    In any event, I'd really like to find that ad.

    •  Thanks! (1+ / 0-)
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      I am obviously not a local--I've never even been to Hawaii.  I'm just a guy who Googles, reads/skims other people's articles, and likes spreadsheets.  So I always appreciate hearing from locals--I was worried I was missing something that would be obvious to someone with longtime familiarity with the characters.

      That ad does sound like a find--if a bit of a cheap shot.  You know who probably still has a copy?  Mike Gabbard.  Maybe call his office?  See if you can get me a list of past and present staffers, if you do.

      26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

      by Xenocrypt on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:52:24 AM PST

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  •  great diary (1+ / 0-)
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    super informative.

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    by jncca on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:00:51 AM PST

  •  Great job! (1+ / 0-)
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    Everyone needs to see this diary.

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    by ndrwmls10 on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:03:06 AM PST

  •  There are three major possible outcomes IMO (3+ / 0-)

    1. Tulsi is, or will be, as progressive as we want her to be. But she just doesn't want to offend her father. (People can do 180s in politics. Remember Johnny Isakson running as the pro-choice candidate in a Congressional primary in the 80s?).

    2. Tulsi is basically lying to us and is a sleeper hate candidate (this is really bad).

    3. Tulsi will do just enough not to piss off the Democratic base but will be awful and unmovable on equality. I think this is possibly the nightmare outcome.

    In any case, she needs to tell us what her view are on the issues that matter clearly and unequivocally.

    Ok, so I read the polls.

    by andgarden on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:08:25 AM PST

  •  Your research is a model for all of us to follow (3+ / 0-)
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    Thank you for all of your hard work.  It does look like they have dressed her up like a sheep, hoping we dont see the fangs.

    Living in HI-02, we have a legacy of sending great Reps to Congress: Patsy Mink having been one of the best of all time in my opinion.  She was one of the few standing up against the VietNam war and an early fighter for women's rights. And Mazie Hirono has been a good progressive caucus memeber.  
    But we have also sent a total loser:  Ed Case, D(ino), supporter of Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq.
    I fear the pendulum is swinging back to the right again.

    Elizabeth Warren 2016!

    by windwardguy46 on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:10:49 AM PST

    •  Ed Case's conservative positions in some areas (1+ / 0-)
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      Does make it a bit difficult to figure out the Case/Gabbard campaign of 2004.  Did Gabbard run to Case's left on any issues?  In the Honolulu Magazine article, Case says Gabbard was running "a single-issue campaign" on gay issues--one area where Case was undeniably liberal as far as I know.  And Tulsi's line about gay supporters of Ed Case might be telling too.  But maybe Gabbard was more liberal about some issues in that campaign--anyone remember it?

      And thanks for the compliment--I don't know if the Gabbard campaign is deceptive or just really close-knit and familial--but I think it's notable either way.

      26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

      by Xenocrypt on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:27:22 AM PST

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  •  I just sent an e-mail to the Gabbard campaign (4+ / 0-)
    Dear Ms. Gabbard,

    I'd appreciate your response to the diary listed here,

    It's focused on your candidacy for Congress, as well as your past
    political history.

    I understand that you have an account on Daily Kos, and suggest that you
    use that account to respond directly.

    Excellent work, Xenocrypt.

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    by tietack on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:34:49 AM PST

  •  Kudos. (1+ / 0-)
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    Very appreciative, this is great work. I'm not a fan of unsubstantial comments but I wanted to comment to say this is really great. Really great job.

    (-7.62, -6.31), Blood type "O", Democratic-socialist, social anarchist, KY-01, "When smashing monuments, save the pedestals. They always come in handy." — Stanisław Lem

    by Setsuna Mudo on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:49:59 AM PST

  •  Crossing the line (0+ / 0-)

    I am always concerned when a person's religious beliefs are held up for ridicule. It reminds me of things I read about Nazi Germany. And even the mafia has more respect for family than the writer of this article.

  •  I put this on twitter, thanks for writing this (2+ / 0-)
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    even though the fact are terrifying.

  •  Thanks for the ht (2+ / 0-)
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    Much better than anything I would have put together.

    I thought you gave a fair portrait of a less-than-trustworthy Dem.

    Great stuff indeed.

  •  Also, the fact that Gabbard (2+ / 0-)
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    doesn't refer to gays and lesbians specifically in her video is beyond creepy.

    You know, Tulsi, the words are okay to vocalize. They won't make your tongue fall off.

  •  You know (0+ / 0-)

    Mufi may even be better at this point. I mean better the devil you know than the devil you don't.

    They say that Dentists have the highest suicide rates of all professions. Adding in the fact that I am a Democrat in Indiana to that ratio then it is probably a miracle that I am still alive.

    by drhoosierdem on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 08:07:29 PM PST

    •  I really wouldn't go that far (0+ / 0-)

      the only benefit of a Mufi win would be that he might be easier to primary out. Still though, I don't think it's worth it. I see it as a normal Democrat > Gabbard > Hannemann.

      21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

      by sapelcovits on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 08:28:48 PM PST

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      •  Not sure. (0+ / 0-)

        I mean we know outright Mufi will be a dick on social issues. Not a chance of change. However he will probably be somewhat decent on most everything else. I really don't know about Gabbard though. She would be a wild card. Who knows? She might be ok the first few years, but slowly move to the dark side ala, Joe Lieberman. Plus at least Mufi is being upfront about his views, whether we like them or not. I just can't trust her at all.

        They say that Dentists have the highest suicide rates of all professions. Adding in the fact that I am a Democrat in Indiana to that ratio then it is probably a miracle that I am still alive.

        by drhoosierdem on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 08:44:52 PM PST

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  •  It is interesting that the poll results changed (3+ / 0-)
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    dramatically after the Gabbard campaign was notified about this diary.  

  •  Does anyone have contact info for Esther Kia'aina? (1+ / 0-)
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    After seeing the odd response from the Gabbard campaign to this diary, I think we need an honest alternative to Mufi.

    Just looked at her website, and it doesn't have any contact info, just a volunteer signup sheet. The whois is private, so I can't find contact info that way either.

    "I hope; therefore, I can live."
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    by tietack on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 11:45:25 AM PST

    •  Try Twitter. (1+ / 0-)
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      by ndrwmls10 on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 11:46:59 AM PST

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    •  That's a terrible website (2+ / 0-)
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      The fact that she doesn't even have contact information on there - not even a phone number - I think tells you a lot about how serious a campaign she's running. Sigh. Well, you could try contacting her on Facebook, but I really don't have high hopes.

      Honestly, what saddens me the most is that, as others have said, the choice seems to be between Hannemann and Gabbard. That's just plain terrible.

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      by David Nir on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 01:28:23 PM PST

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      •  it's like we're trapped in the woods (1+ / 0-)
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        and we're at a fork. one road leaves to a pack of coyotes, the other to a bunch of bears. and there are a bunch of rescue workers searching for us, but they have so few resources that they're probably not going to find us.

        It seems at this point all we can do is start getting eaten by the coyotes and then hope someone primaries them in 2014.

        21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

        by sapelcovits on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 01:33:29 PM PST

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      •  It's so sad... (1+ / 0-)
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        You'd think a Senator or Rep. would jump in. Especially someone of Japanese heritage. They would have a natural constituency. It just doesn't make much sense. Hanneman is not popular and Gabbard can be easily torn down.

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        by ndrwmls10 on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 01:38:47 PM PST

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        •  Ugh yeah (3+ / 0-)
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          Unless Kiaaina shocks us with a good 4Q report, I'm starting to feel like we need to focus our attention on other seats and hope for a better outcome in a future primary, as you say.

          Just hope Honolulu Civil Beat keeps on `em.

          Political Director, Daily Kos

          by David Nir on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 01:43:44 PM PST

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        •  Or a Filipino/a (1+ / 0-)
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          Since Filipino people are actually a plurality of Hawaiians, according to Wikipedia.

          And yeah, this whole election is really weird, since you'd think that any generic and reasonably prominent liberal Democrat would have a huge opening in this primary.

          26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

          by Xenocrypt on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 01:45:43 PM PST

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        •  potential Japanese candidates (1+ / 0-)
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          I know you said Maile Shimabukuro ruled it out, but what about Jill Tokuda?

          21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

          by sapelcovits on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 01:47:21 PM PST

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          •  I haven't heard anything. (2+ / 0-)
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            She'd seem like a natural successor. She's close with Hirono. I'm just shocked that no one is taking the opportunity.

            20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

            by ndrwmls10 on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 01:50:26 PM PST

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            •  Same here (2+ / 0-)
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              I've been claiming for months that it would be unthinkable for an open congressional seat in Hawaii not to draw the eye of at least one of the 67 Democratic state legislators, but here we are in late January and no one has made any noises yet.  I can't believe it.  When Ed Case abandoned his House seat in his ill-fated primary against Sen. Akaka in 2006, I wrote a series of diaries here on dailykos summing up the total clown car that was the Democratic primary to replace him.  4 sitting members of the state legislature piled in, as well as two city councilmen, one former state senator, one former lt. gov. (eventual winner Mazie Hirono) and on the GOP side a sitting state senator (random trivia: he left an open seat that would be won by Jill Tokuda) and former state representative.  Open congressional seats in Hawaii are such a rarity that when they come open, anyone who is ambitious (aka, every state legislator) must take a hard look at it.

              I just don't know why they are all sitting out so far.  Are Hannemann (with his terrible favorable ratings), and Gabbard (with her low name recognition) that formidable as candidates?  And their politics...ugh.  It's not like Hawaii is some culturally conservative state full of DINOs.  Out of all the states I've lived in, Hawaii has seemed the most gay-friendly by far.  It just isn't a place where anti-gay campaigns play well, but from what I've seen, Hannemann and especially Gabbard want to avoid talking about it and just campaign on broad generalities.

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                In 2006, five incumbent Democrats in the state legislature ran for that open seat, and only one city councilman.  An astounding four state senators (future Congresswoman Hanabusa, as well as Hooser, Menor, and Hee) plus a state representative (future Lt. Gov. Schatz).  Like I said, a total clown car of a primary.

  •  At least she's moving in our direction (optimist) (1+ / 0-)
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    I think progressives trying to back any sort of alternative to Hanneman and Gabbard would be prudent though. It would put pressure on both of them and whoever wins between the two might be forced to pull a Gilibrand.

  •  I'm getting to this diary late (1+ / 0-)
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    Great job, and it looks like it may have hit home to her campaign in some way.

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    by MichaelNY on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 09:52:40 PM PST

  •  The video at the end (2+ / 0-)
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    featuring her speaking on LGBT rights has been taken down.


    21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

    by sapelcovits on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 09:56:41 PM PST

    •  I've followed-up with Adrienne LaFrance about this (2+ / 0-)
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      She's the Honolulu Civil Beat reporter who has been covering Gabbard. I've also told her about this diary, our reactions, my email to the Gabbard campaign, and the chronology of what we are assuming is the response.

      FYI, her email is

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      by tietack on Sun Jan 22, 2012 at 09:11:05 AM PST

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  •  Still hoping for Brian Schatz to jump in here (2+ / 0-)
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    getting really sick of Tulsi and Mufi's bullshit. The other candidate Esther Kiaʻaina was chief of staff to King Edward Case the third from 2003 to 2007, which turns me off her also. There have got to be better options here

  •  Great diary & excellent job (2+ / 0-)
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    Coming to this late but I really appreciate your research. You may wish to check state-level campaign finance reporting by Ms. Gabbard at the Campaign Spending Commission's website. The information is not provided as frequently as I'd like but there might be some useful stuff.

    •  Thanks! (3+ / 0-)
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      For state-level campaigns I usually use  I looked a bit Mike Gabbard's state campaigns there, but I don't think it added any new common donors.  Another question--which is what the FDL post asked about, albeit in the context of associations with Butler--is about Tulsi Gabbard's donors in the City Council race.  (And about her donors for the state legislative seat, but I think there's decent evidence about that campaign being tied to Mike Gabbard.)

      26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

      by Xenocrypt on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 10:57:06 AM PST

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      •  Tulsii's listing at Hawai'i CSC (2+ / 0-)
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        is under her former married name: Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo. Here's a link to the first page of her candidate committee filings. When going through these things, you'll most likely want to see the Schedule A, Contributions Received, like this one from 2010, although there's lots of information. I haven't worked with it much, but I think that the website allows you to create somewhat customized data tables.

        Hope this is of use!

  •  I chatted with Carol Gabbard a few months back... (3+ / 0-)
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    In the beginning, I was excited by Tulsi's campaign. A female veteran running to replace a female powerhouse? I could smell a successful bio all they way out here in California! I emailed back & forth with Tulsi about helping her campaign, until I received a call from her mother, Carol.

    Carol told me Tulsi was deployed overseas for a few weeks, and that she was helping her daughter get started with the campaign and helping find talent. I asked Carol about her daughters' issues, and the issue of LGBT rights inevitably came up. Carol told me that their daughter did NOT believe in gay rights. I thanked her for her time and have not been in contact ever since.

    There needs to be a benchmark for our candidates running for office. They don't have to be as beautiful as Tulsi Gabbard. They don't need to be war heroes or successful millionaires. They need to have the courage to stand up for ALL Americans, defend ALL our rights, and promote the general welfare of our nation.

    As of this writing, I received an email from VoteVets touting their support for someone who refuses to stand up for someone like me. I'm depressed today.

    by fnpople2008 on Tue Jan 24, 2012 at 07:29:14 AM PST

    •  Surprised and Somewhat Pleased (2+ / 0-)
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      A little bit of an update...

      This morning I logged into my facebook to see an email from Tulsi Gabbard! She wrote me personally to explain her stance on LGBT, and I have to say that I am impressed and pleased with her response. It takes a lot of courage for someone to email some random guy that doesn't have much of an impact on a race half an ocean away.

      So here it is. I honestly think this is something everyone should read and appreciate for what it is: someone with a changed heart on an issue that's really hard for some people to change!

      11 hours ago
      Tulsi Gabbard

      Aloha Neil,
       Sorry I have not been in touch sooner. Things are well, but hectic! I apologize for not communicating with you directly since you reached out to me several months ago, and would be honored to have your support.

      It's come to my attention that as you communicated with my mom months ago, from what she told me, it appears she misrepresented my position on some very important issues, making assumptions that were not correct.

      I wanted to contact you directly to clarify this misrepresentation, specifically on the issues of equal rights and choice ... which are positions that differ from my parents views. At the time she talked to you, she was assuming that I held the same positions as she does, which was incorrect.

      I hope you will take a moment to read my positions on these issues on my website (link attached):

      In short, I am pro-choice and support equal rights for all people, and will fight to repeal DOMA.

      Thanks for your time and consideration. Again, I apologize for my mom and the misrepresentation. I look forward to hearing from you.


      by fnpople2008 on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 07:37:11 AM PST

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  •  Bob Marx the Hilo Attorney is surging (0+ / 0-)

    Being the only Neighbor island candidate and with a larger portion of votes coming from the Big island due to redistricting, Bob has a hell of a chance.  The Oahu vote will be split four ways!!  He is also outside the traditional party (but in a good way!) structure not tied to the tired machinery.  He has progressive values and plenty of his own money to spend.  Watch him closely as he came in late.  Sadly much of the machine is settling with Tulsi because they see her as viable (with all that republican money!!) and they truly hate Mufi.  Hope they don't decide too quickly!!  It will be a fun race to watch.  

    One thing your diary did not mention was her vote against emergency contraceptives being able to be  delivered in a hospital even in the case of rape.   (2) SB658: RELATING TO EMERGTENCY CONTRACEPTIVES FOR SEX ASSAULT SURVIVORS IN EMERGENCY ROOMS: (Tulsi voted against this)

    •  Progressive values? (3+ / 0-)
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      Let's look at Adrienne LaFrance's on-the-issues article, shall we?

      The question: Do you agree with Kathleen Sebelius' decision to overrule the FDA on allowing girls under 17 to purchase Plan B without a prescription? Why or why not?

      Bob Marx1 was the only candidate who said he agreed with Sebelius on her decision to overrule the FDA, citing a "host of secondary effects are associated with the use of this drug."


      Pressed for a more definitive stance, Marx told Civil Beat that he does not support same-sex marriage.

      "No, not at this time," Marx said in an email sent to Civil Beat. "If Civil Unions do not obtain equality under the laws, then yes. Civil unions should be treated the same as married couples under our laws."

      Ugh, no, just no. That is the type of mealy-mouthed non-answer that Tulsi Gabbard has been giving us heartburn over.

      Honestly, the only candidate who has really been good on all of these issues is Esther Kia'aina.

      21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

      by sapelcovits on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 07:52:58 PM PST

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    •  Did Bob Massie change his last name or something? (2+ / 0-)
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      Because I agree, he's definitely going to win with a billion percent of unicorns approving.

      Democrat, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

      by SaoMagnifico on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 03:14:07 PM PST

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  •  Marx progressive on Bread and Butter (0+ / 0-)

    Did I sound impartial?  Saw Marx at the Puna Farmers market and on the bread and butter issues he is progressive and unafraid to speak to the issue of a widening income gap and the corporate elite outright buying our government.  
      I know he is a fighter as there are lots of folks on the Big Island he has gone to court for.
    Also, frankly us neighbor Islanders are tired of Honolulu Politicians using our Islands as launching pads to higher office.  Our roads are crumbling and we need someone to stay and get some POWER!  Not run for whatever seat looks appealing.  Marx says he will seek no other office.  Can't trust Mufi or Tulsi in this case.  
     As i said this will be fun to watch especially with the redistricting  the numbers look good for Marx  I  think he will run strong.  He likely has my vote.
     I'll email the campaign and see if i can't get a response on the social issues.  

  •  I don’t get it. Mike is her Dad, so what? (0+ / 0-)

    I don’t get it. Mike is her Dad, so what? She’s not her Dad.  She got money from her family, so what? That’s what every candidate does. It’s obvious that Mufi's supporters are doing everything they can to try to tear down Tulsi Gabbard’s reputation with a smear campaign. This is the same kind of garbage they threw at Abercrombie when Mufi wanted to be governor.  Hannemann’s negative campaigning is offensive and his use of other people to smear his opponent’s is just plain nauseating.

    •  Xenocrypt is not connected to Hanneman (5+ / 0-)

      in any way shape or form. I can't speak for him, but most of us can't stand him or his beliefs. What's interesting is that you just created your profile and commented solely on this.  

      20, Dude, Chairman DKE Gay Caucus! (College IN-09) (Raised IL-03, IL-09) Tammy Baldwin and Elizabeth Warren for Senate!

      by ndrwmls10 on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 02:25:54 PM PST

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    •  Not every candidate's family organization (8+ / 0-)

      a) Supplies such a large percentage of a candidate's donations, particularly when the candidate is an elected official in their own right--especially with common donors between Democratic and Republican members of the same family, and

      b)Supplies a candidate's campaign manager--just as it did when the candidate ran earlier campaigns, and

      c)Supplies a candidate's campaign treasurer/mother (same thing), and

      d) Has had a history of leadership roles and successful activism on behalf of positions that the candidate used to adhere to--in the candidate's earlier campaigns, which were also tied to the candidate's family--but that the candidate claims to no longer adhere to.

      If you think this is common, then I'm sorry if my diary bored you, but perhaps you could provide another example of a similar situation, because I can't think of any.  And if you're going to claim that I'm a supporter of Mufi Hannemann, maybe you could throw in some evidence of that too.

      26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

      by Xenocrypt on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 02:33:50 PM PST

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    •  "Use of other people" (6+ / 0-)

      That's sly.

      Instead of calling  Xenocrypt a useful idiot (which he is NOT) please do your best to get Ms. Gabbard on the record on the issues that matter.

      Ok, so I read the polls.

      by andgarden on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 02:46:50 PM PST

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    •  Since you seem to be new around here (6+ / 0-)

      And because I will offer to you the barest modicum of good faith (not that I think you deserve it), I will warn you that making evidence-less accusations that users are paid operatives is strictly against the rules here. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, and simply disagreeing with someone is almost definitionally not a justification for accusing them of being a surreptitious paid operative.

      Obviously there is no such evidence that Xenocrypt speaks for anyone but himself, so not only is your accusation out of bounds, but it is wholly insupportable no matter how hard you try. An apology is most definitely in order.

      If you cannot abide by these terms, then you're going to have to find someplace else to spend your time.

      Political Director, Daily Kos

      by David Nir on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 06:42:28 PM PST

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  •  I haven't seen so many newly registered users (2+ / 0-)
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    since the de-lurker thread at SSP!!

    They say that Dentists have the highest suicide rates of all professions. Adding in the fact that I am a Democrat in Indiana to that ratio then it is probably a miracle that I am still alive.

    by drhoosierdem on Thu Jan 26, 2012 at 10:11:44 PM PST

    •  New Users--Me and Bob Marx , this diary viral (1+ / 0-)
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      I am one of those new users.  I received this article in an email from someone more involved in the local Dem party here on the Big Isl.   It seems to be going viral.  Most of the old time party activists still do their email chains and spaming.  I read them from time to time.  When i read the comments of all these pundits who claim they have a clue on how this race will play out with no Mention of Big Isle Bob.  I had to sign up.

       Didn't Mazie Hirono win this seat with only 21 Percent of the vote?

      Like I said it will be fun to watch!  

      •  At DKE, we take a look at the big picture (1+ / 0-)
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        and limit our look to "serious" candidates, aka people with sufficient money and/or stature to have a reasonable chance at victory.

        We refer to those candidates who don't meet the standard as "some dudes". Marx's only political qualification is as a member of the Oregon state legislature -- over 30 years ago. His run seems like a lark of an older dude. We see no evidence that Marx has any serious funding.

        Marx seems like a "some dude" to me.

        In addition, we push for "more" Democrats -- and in districts that support it, like HI-02 (at PVI D+14), "better" Democrats.

        Marx isn't even as progressive as conservadem Ed Case on gay marriage. As evidenced by his answers to Honolulu Civil Beat (noted by user sapelcovits), he's regressive on the "Plan B" option for minors.

        At a PVI of D+14, there's no reason for HI to go backwards. From what I see, Marx would be a move backwards.

        But we generally have open minds. If you have different evidence on any of this, show us. (Yes I've read the website, and don't see any such evidence.)

        (p.s. By "Puna Farmer's Market," do you mean the Maku'u farmer's market?)

        "I hope; therefore, I can live."
        For SSP users, see my Tips for Swingnuts diary

        by tietack on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 09:25:20 AM PST

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        •  Hadn't even realized he (2+ / 0-)
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          served in the Oregon state legislature! Thanks for that bit of information. (Gloria Tinubu v2.0?)

          21, male, RI-01 (voting) IL-01 (college), hopeless Swingnut

          by sapelcovits on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 10:28:01 AM PST

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        •  The Big Picture--Marx might just see it (1+ / 0-)
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          I am hopeful to get a response from the Marx Campaign on his Obamalike positions on Emergency Contraceptives and being Pro Civil unions with full Equality and Not for Same sex Marriage "at this time".

            Since Progressive Maize won with such a overwhelming Percent of the vote..... 21%  and this is an OPEN primary that many republicans will vote in.  (with no mark of Primary affiliation by there names, ever)  moving backwards is a real possibility.  Many Rs will cross over because they do not even have a republican Presidential Primary!!  

          Sticking with Obama on the RU486 and Same sex marriage issue (thou i think Marx is left of Obama Here if I understand him right)  In a district were Obama still enjoys a 70% favorability and the Social conservative Mufi is the favorite might just be good strategy.  

          Is that a big enough picture for you?  

          •  How's Marx's fundraising? (0+ / 0-)

            Per Honolulu Civil Beat, both Mufi and Tulsi raised 200k+ this past quarter.

            Unless he's in the same fundraising league, it sounds like he might be relying on an Alvin Greene-like event (the SC "some dude" who beat the serious D candidate in the primary back in '10).

            And any serious D today is on guard for such an event. As concerned as I am about Mufi, and mistrusting as I am about Tulsi, I recognize that they are serious candidates.

            I see no evidence that Bob Marx is a serious candidate.

            (btw, than you for responding)

            "I hope; therefore, I can live."
            For SSP users, see my Tips for Swingnuts diary

            by tietack on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 11:16:20 AM PST

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      •  Thank you for the explanation (4+ / 0-)
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        It's nice to know my article's getting some attention from local politicos (and flattering!  I don't have any particular knowledge, I just did some Googling and checking out of what other people were saying).  

        (Full disclosure: I actually wondered if you might be Justin Marx (Bob's son) since I saw he linked to the article on Facebook:

        I didn't intend my article to be an overview of the whole primary field (or even necessarily an overview of everything about Tulsi Gabbard) but mostly a look at one thing about her campaign that I think is both analytically unusual and potentially troubling for progressives or LGBT advocates.  But I don't really mind people who use the substance of my article as a springboard to discussing their preferred candidates.  I would actually like a substantive response from Tulsi Gabbard fans, but the ones who have commented so far haven't done their candidate any favors.

        26, Dem, Dude seeing a dude, CT-04(originally), PA-02/NY-12(now)

        by Xenocrypt on Fri Jan 27, 2012 at 10:28:25 AM PST

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        •  your getting warm!! (0+ / 0-)

          Bob Marx's son was here for a few weeks this xmas training Bobs staff on VAN.  He is a seasoned organizer from Hilo now living in Ohio.   There will be quite a few of Obama's Organizing for America ex staffers who are tired of the snow  in Ohio joining his team soon.  You can bet it will be a grassroots campaign for an insurgent Candidate.  Sound Familiar

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