Peter Boylan, spokesman for Rep. Colleen Hanabusa‘s U.S. Senate campaign, had this to say about a report on a critical memo from Sen. Brian Schatz’s campaign earlier today:

There’s a lot more to winning over voters in Hawaii than this sort of cynical and mechanical political calculation. …

In Hawaii, raising the most money or getting the most endorsements doesn’t always win the race. The voters are smarter than that. Nor do Hawaii voters cast their ballots based on identification with a particular ideology. It’s more accurate to say that they have preferred highly-qualified candidates who reflect their core values.

I don’t think a majority of Hawaii voters could define “progressive politics,” nor do they define themselves by those labels. They know what concerns them, they know what’s important to them, and they vote accordingly. …

This election will come down to who voters believe will be the best U.S. Senator, and who will provide the leadership that Hawaii needs now. …

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Photo: Screen shot Rep. Hanabusa’s campaign website, Oct. 16. (hanabusaforhawaii.com)

—Chad Blair