Published 10:04 p.m. May 6, 2012 -Communities @WashingtonTimes.com
HAWAII, May 7, 2012 – Forget the Etch-a-Sketch meme. Last week, Senate Appropriations Committee chair Dan Inouye (D-HI) reacted with offense when candidate for Honolulu mayor and former Hawaii Governor Ben Cayetano suggested during a debate that the senior senator should meet with constituents at McDonald’s.
“Senator Inouye is at the 30,000 foot level, dealing with national and international affairs,” Cayetano remarked. “The senator should take time to go down to McDonald’s, talk to the retirees who go there to eat breakfast because it’s cheap.”
In response, a spokesperson for Inouye told local Hawaii media that the senior senator was “deeply offended by the statements and negative tactics attributed to Governor Cayetano” and went on to say “In serious times there is no need for personal attacks.”
But what’s so offensive about being told to meet with average voters in a friendly setting like McDonald’s? Has political correctness really reached the point in Washington that suggesting a little constituent time with the people is considered a personal attack?