Good looks certainly can help you get elected
Your story, “Gabbard’s looks cost campaign thousands” (Star-Advertiser, Aug. 8), implied possible wrongdoing and elicited responses both pro and con.
Four years ago, unknown Tulsi Gabbard upset Mufi Hannemann, who had a vast and impressive background in academics, athletics and national and local public service. More important, Hannemann had a well-established cadre of loyalists.
Do we recall any campaign issue expounded by Gabbard to explain her improbable upset? Why are we reluctant to admit that we were captivated by her striking, photogenic looks, and that influenced our votes?
That a person’s attractiveness creates a favorable bias in social, business and, yes, political situations, is a reality.
Not to detract from Gabbard’s political courage and eloquence as a congresswoman, but her looks are an important part of her public service and clearly a legitimate campaign expense. George Nakamura Mililani