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Cole speaks to community, business leaders in Kona


U.S. Congressman Tom Cole (R-OK) spoke to 60 community and business leaders Monday in Kona as a special guest of formerGov. Linda Lingle, candidate for Hawaii’s open U.S. Senate seat.

Cole, the only Native American in the U.S. House of Representatives (and enrolled member of the Chickasaw nation), has earned high praise for his support and co-sponsorship of legislation for federal recognition of native Hawaiians.

Speaking of his experience working with Lingle on passing a House version of the Akaka Bill, he highlighted her commitment to advocate on behalf of native Hawaiians at the federal level.

“I know what she will do for native Hawaiians, and my own tribe is supportive of her because she understands indigenous peoples,” Cole said. “She was a two-term governor in a heavily Democrat state. She is exactly what Washington, D.C. needs – a proven problem solver.”

Cole also is recognized nationally as a small business leader. As a strong supporter of Lingle’s candidacy for U.S. Senate, he stressed to attendees how her long record of bipartisanship would be an asset to ending the partisan gridlock in Washington, D.C.

Lingle was honored to have the support of Cole, and shared his belief in working across party aisles, something she has done with success throughout her entire career in public service to the people of Hawaii.

Unafraid to speak out against her own party if an issue cuts against the best interests of the people of Hawaii, she brought up how having bipartisan representation at the Senate level is ultimately in Hawaii’s best interests.

Cole has been in Hawaii since Sunday, and will travel to Maui for a luncheon Tuesday, and return Wednesday to Oahu for the final public event of his visit.

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