Honolulu Star-Bulletin from Honolulu, Hawaii on June 29, 1959 · 3
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Monday, June 29, 1959
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IMWlMlllf f - . I - v:-- - ' ' ' V.V im & a .t J 5 . - y t::-; i dh . f ' . -v 1f I - - w ... . . s .: . i -.. What's in a name? A big that of a candidate. Betty First Political Defeat on By DON HORIO William H. Heen, the Democratic Party's elder statesman, is back in political retirement today after a brief fling at a U.S. Senate seat and his first defeat at the polls in a long career. The defeat shattered hopes of being possibly the first person of Oriental ancestry to serve in the U.S. Senate. The defeat he suffered at the hands of his youthful political opponent, Frank F. Fasi, in the primary election Saturday was a bitter pill to swallow. "Of course, I was very much disappointed," said Heen yesterday. He was still able to chuckle resignedly at the state of his affairs, however. Nearing 77, it's unlikely that Heen will get another chance at the coveted Sen- Republicans saw the huge Democratic vote as a "switch-over" vote in which many Republicans and Independents cast ballots in the Democrat primary because of the close contests. They expect many of these "switch-over" votes to swing back into the G.O.P. column in the July 28 general election. The Democrats viewed their big vote totals as a reflection of the trend toward the Democratic Party, and appeared confident they would keep many "switch-over" votes. Here are some of the comments by candidates and leaders of both parties. Republicans GOVERNOR QUINN "I have said before that if I got at least a third of the votes, I was in very good shape for the general election. There's been a very heavy Democrat vote here, which is to be expected with things going on in certain races. A great many people who had to choose one side or the other won't stay on that side in the general election." BEN DILLINGHAM, Oahu Republican county chairman "Contests on the Democrat ticket have produced a lot of votes. We have a great deal of work to do. The election is neither won or lost, but the G.O.P. is still the underdog." HIRAM FONG, candidate for U.S. Senate seat A "I'm confident of victory, but I'm running scared and working hard." WILFRED C. TSUKIYA-MA, candidate for U.S. Sen ate seat B "I'm very confident of victory in the general election." NEAL S. BLAISDELL, Mayor of Honolulu "I'm very pleased with the votes received by Fong and Kea-loha (candidate for Lieutenant Governor on the G.O.P. ticket). Many of those Democratic votes are normally Republican and will switch in general election." CLINTON CHILDS, Republican county chairman of Kauai County "I think we have an excellent chance in the general election. We are not a bit concerned over the small number of votes our candidates received in the primary." NOBORU MIYAKE, Kauai Republican senator "We will make a strong comeback in the general election, the same as in the 1958 elections." a' i-5- 4 I i r NO! from an election official if the name's Pavilion Dunford found this out at the Kailua Beach dressed, Ke" rires f ate seat, but he accepted his loss with graceful resignation. SAYS HE'S THROUGH He said he's through Tuning for office and means it this time. He'd retired last year after 32 consecutive years in the Territorial Senate, and only been lured back into active politics after the passage of the Statehood bill. Heen said he won't be in any more elections but will still be an active party member. And though he didn't sound overly enthusiastic about the idea, Heen said he'll support "the Democratic nominee," meaning Fasi. Heen attributed his defeat to some degree to the changing methods of campaigning. Democrats DELEGATE JOHN A. BURNS "I am simply overcome by the vote on the state and congressional nominations. I am deeply grateful for the phenomenal vote of confidence you have given me, the other Democratic candidates and the Democratic program. Neither I or the other Democrats could ask for any greater or more humbling honor than the people's primary vote." WILLIAM S. RICHARDSON, Territorial Party Chairman "The new State of Hawaii will have a Democratic Governor, Senate and House. Trend of the people is Democratic, and the proof is the solid Democratic vote for most candidates." FRANK FASI, candidate for U.S. Senate seat A "I won (the primary) because I stressed issues. It was the switch-over vote that won for me (Republicans voting in Democratic primary) and unlike 1954, it will stay with me in the general election." DANIEL INOUYE, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives "I am grateful to the people for selecting me as Democratic nominee for U.S. representative. Mrs. Patsy Mink has been a noble and gallant opponent." PATSY T. MINK, defeated by Inouye for nomination as U.S. Representative "I will support Mr. Inouye in the general election. 3Iost definitely, I will run again for office." ELMER F. CRAVALHO, state representative and Maui County Democratic chairman "I am particularly well pleased with the vote for Statehood and the Democratic Party." MATSUKI ARASHIRO, Kauai Democrat and State Senate vice-president "The State Legislature will be controlled by the Democrats. We are going to have a Democratic Governor and a j Democratic controlled Sen-1 "I didn't have the funds to afford the television time that my opponent had," said Heen. "And it's going to cost a lot more money from here on in," he added. CHANGING TIMES Heen's defeat in some ways reflects the changing times and closes a chapter in Island political history. In 1954, Heen won re-election to the Territorial Senate even though flat on his back after a gall-bladder operation. Without making a single campaign speech, he then polled 55,000-plus votes the highest number ever given an Oahu Senate nominee up to that time. His reputation failed to uphold him Saturday, however. ate and House." MITSUYUKI KIDO, candidate for Lieutenant Governor "I'm very happy to squeak through in a race against the best-known politicians. The Democrats will win all five state-wide elections next month. Democrats always poll more votes in the general election than the primary." Women Voters Score Pilfering The Oahu League of Republican Women has adopted a resolution expressing displeasure with "clandestine acts" of some legislators in connection with the disappearance of supplies and equipment. The women voted last week fo "severely censure the mdmbers of the last Legislature who may be proven to be involved." The Territorial Attorney General is investigating the legislative pilferage. Volunteer Help Needs This Week Drivers on Friday mornings to assist in excursions for the adult blind. Please call or visit the Volunteer Service Bureau, 420 Hotel Street, 55-772. 'audi dates Top candidates and Statehood supporters expressed joy at the overwhelming vote to make Hawaii the 50th State. It was seen as a triumph for the people of Hawaii. DELEGATE JOHN A. BURNS "Our showing on Statehood could hardly have been more tremendous. It was no more than one could HONOLULU STAR-BULLETIN, when she went to vote reads a warning sign. (2) VX - - I - - - - - - ' - i - r - - ' ' n - ; ,s vrT --t" f Senator William H. Heen jots down election returns received on portable radio. Star-Bulletin Photo by Al Yamauchi. 70 Per Cent Of I.LW.Us Choices Win The I.L.W.U. came off with a 70 per cent batting average in its primary election indorsements, according to a review of the record. The union's only formally indorsed candidate on a State-wide basis was Delegate Burns, who faced no serious opposition in the primary. In addition, the union last week quietly indorsed nine other candidates, it was learned from leaflets passed out to union members on Oahu. THE LIST The list included one more State-wide candidate, Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee Mitsuyuki Kido and eight State legislative candidates all Democrats. Out of the total of 10, seven are in for the general and three were eliminated in Saturday's primary. In addition to Burns and Kido, those indorsed by the union who won in the primary are: Fifth District Senate candidates, Sakae Taka-hashi, Charles E. Kauhane and Philip Minn; George M. Okano, 10th District House candidate; and John C. Lan-ham, Ninth District House candidate. THE LOSERS Indorsed losers are: Ber-naldo D. Bicoy, Fifth District Senate; Mrs. Charles E. Kauhane, 11th District House; and Alfred Mattos, 16th District Ho'use. The union's record would be increased somewhat if Daniel K. Inouye, Democratic nominee for the U.S House of Representatives, were included. Inouye was known to have the union's sub rosa support. (Call Statehood Vote expect from Hawaii's people. Statehood signifies the. emergence of Hawaii's people and from the first -it was a movement by the people." GOVERNOR QUINN "The most thrilling thing to me is the tremendous public response to the plebiscite. In the eyes of the Mainland, in the eyes of history, and in the eyes of the people of MONDAY, JUNE 29, 1959 J- - Saturday. (Photo No. 1) Dressed, she's told she What do you do when you lose a hard-fought political race? If your name is Patsy Takemoto Mink or Spark M. Matsunaga, the answer's simple: You sleep. Mrs. Mink, who lost to Dan Inouye a bid for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. House of Representatives, spent yesterday in bed while husband John stood guard over the phone. "She'll be up in about an hour," he said at hourly intervals throughout the day. But she slept on and on and on, picking up a little of the rest she'd missed during a long fight. SHOWS STRAIN Her face early yesterday as she conceded the nomination to Inouye clearly showed the strain of battle a battle her successful opponent described as "clean and aggressive." "Patsy," said Inouye, "has been a noble and gallant opponent. I am truly humble in my victory." Matsunaga, unsuccessful candidate for Democratic nomination as lieutenant governor, got up for a while yesterday, then went back to bed. "I didn't realize I was so tired," he said sleepily late in the day. Mrs. Matsunaga was very disturbed by the election returns. "She's taking it worse than I am," said the unsuccessful candidate, who bowed to Mitsuyuki Kido in the four-man race, in which he placed a close second. Both candidates were active in the last Territorial Hawaii, this is the most important thing to happen to us in perhaps our entire history. I would like to pay special tribute to the Statehood Commission for the job they did in promoting Statehood." LORRIN P. THURSTON, chairman of the Hawaii Statehood Commission "I was delighted. I thought Statehood would be ap Mt$iB& Psstsy Miiik ifovi Betty, tioneering, can't is elec- tens to obey. (4) Mii ifefeJ KAILUA Hang your campaign hats and muumuus at the door when you go to the polls next month. This was the advice given fellow voters by a young Kailua housewife, Betty Dun-ford, of 369 Lapa Street, who was stopped at the door during Saturday's primary at Kailua Beach Pavilion and informed she couldn't cast her vote. "Sorry," said election worker Jacqueline Judd po Johnston Election officials will turn to their lawbooks this week to study "The Case of the Printed Muumuu." Edward Johnston, secretary of Hawaii, said he is XH -r if m Mm K ' I 1 f I Senator Patsy Mink takes down returns by telephone. Star-Bulletin Photo by Al Yamauchi. legislature Mrs. Mink as a Senator and Matsunaga as Democratic floor leader in the House of Representatives. Today, they're both back to their original status: private attorneys. Are they giving up politics in defeat? Here are statements they prepared for the Star-Bulletin: Mrs. Mink: "It certainly will be difficult at this point to see. what I'll be doing politically in the future. "My personal plans are to do what I've always done practice law. Aside from that, right now I have no plans made, except to take a week or so off to rest. "I'm not out of politics. "This has been a very educational and very interesting campaign. I learned a great deal and met a lot of wonderful people. Triumph hr proved by 6 or 8 to 1, but never dreamed it would go as high as it did. It was a complete vindication of our stand before Congress that the people wanted Statehood." Mr. .Thurston said the final meeting" of the Statehood Commission would be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to clean up financial matters, and turn files and papers over rn n - nil r V11 t i f I I t . '. I 11 wear muumuu. (3) Dressed ulp almost she has All's well for Betty and the election rules. . nr (ailua litely, "I can't allow you to vote, you might be electioneering within 300 feet of the polls." The objection was Mrs. Dunford's pretty new muumuu, a bright Irish green and white creation with gubernatorial candidate Quinn' bernatorial candidate Quinn's name emblazoned on it. Eyes popped when Betty solved the problem without Studies Case unsure whether it was really necessary to require a Kailua woman voter to disrobe before voting, simply because her muumuu was emblazoned with Quinn for "It's been an enjoyable experience. "I told all my committee members last night that I expected them to support Dan Inouye. I think my loss was harder for them to take than for me." Matsunaga: "First of all, I wish to thank my many friends and supporters. A thing of real value which I have gained in politics is a host of sterling friends. "No one can deny that my supporters and I conducted a clean and hard-fought campaign. "I have extended my congratulations to Senator Kido on his victory. As a Democrat, I will support the entire Democratic slate in the general election. 1 attribute my defeat to these things: "1. The solid block of to the archives. WILFRED C. TSUKIYA- MA, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate "I'm very much delighted about the great Statehood vote. That's what we've been fighting for." MITSUYUKI KIDO, Demo cratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor "Statehood is a resounding, victory for Jig siits people ot m PAGE 1-B Star-Bulletin Photos by Al Yamauchl Hmsewih waiting for an official decision. "Horrors, I can't have that happen," she said, whipping off the muumuu and handing it to her startled husband, Bill, waiting his turn in line with their three small children in tow. There were audible sighs of relief when Betty walked into the booth to cast her vote, attired in the same thing many other voters I wore her bathing suit. for Ruling Governor insignia. Johnston noted that Idea of wearing aloha shirts and muumuus with election slogans printed on them has been taken up by a number of candidates, and said he will seek an official determination on whether this can disqualify a person so attired from voting. Offhand, he says he doesn't think so. Governor and Mrs. Quinn, however, took no chances when they voted Saturday morning. They didn't change into their campaign prints until they had left the polling place. The muumuu problem was just about the most serious one presented to election officials in voting that was notably quiet and orderly. Johnston said the only other complaint received Saturday had to do with a truck bearing campaign signs that was parked within 300 feet of a polling place, the official out-of-bounds area for all campaigning. I.L.W.U. votes which Senator Kido obtained. "2. A skillfully conducted campaign by supporters of Senator Kido that he was the favorite candidate of Delegate Burns. "3. A vicious whispering campaign in the last few days before the election that I was the one responsible for the repeal of the capital punishment law. I think I lost a minimum of 3,000 votes by this campaign. "4. The fact that Frank Serrao and I shared the same type of independent votes. WILL RUN AGAIN "I have been deluged with calls from hysterical women since the Joanne Yamaguchi murder. I can't convince them that capital punishment is never a deterrent to murder. "I will run again for office; I am not a bit discouraged. The test of a man is not that he shall rise but that he shall fall and rise again. I have long determined to devote my life to public service, and I fully realize that seeking elective office I will have my ups and downs." mm 'await the people of Hawaii." DANIEL K. INOUYE, Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives "More important than my nomination is the manner in which the people of Hawaii responded to the three Statehood propositions. The people should be congratulated. This is the outstanding thing of this election." the Day

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