Fact Check by Civil Beat highlights Djou’s desperation
HONOLULU (October 29, 2014) – Honolulu Civil Beat reported today the attack ads being run by Rep. Mark Takai’s opponent are “disingenuous and at worst deceitful.” In the television advertisements, Charles Djou claims that Takai voted for a pension tax.
“But the ads are blatantly misleading. Takai took several procedural votes on the bill in question, House Bill 1092, moving it to relevant committee. But he twice voted against a final bill involving pension taxes” reported Civil Beat’s Gus Downes.
This article comes on the heels of the recent endorsements by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. In their endorsement of Takai, both organizations pointed to his strong record of protecting seniors’ retirement benefits.
“The claim that Mark Takai voted to tax pensions is seriously misleading and Djou and the GOP political action committee are leaving out important information that belies their arguments,” Downes reported. “While we’re tempted to label it a Screaming Lie – outrageous abuse of the facts – the fact that Takai took those procedural votes gives Djou and the super PAC just enough wiggle room that we instead rate this claim Mostly False,” he added.
“But to make that statement by willfully distorting procedural votes shows either an ignorance of the legislative process or a cynical bet on the civic ignorance of the voting public.” Downes concluded.
“This attempt by Charles Djou and his mainland Republican supporters to distort Rep. Takai’s 20 year record of service to Hawaii shows just how desperate they are,” said Alex Hetherington, Takai campaign spokesman.
“Rep. Takai has consistently shown he stands for Hawaii’s working families, keiki, and kupuna. This deliberate attempt to misrepresent Rep. Takai’s record highlights the fact that Charles Djou is willing to say and do anything against Rep. Takai, rather than talk about his own voting record,” Hetherington added.