Penalizing Cochran for 1994 blunder sends wrong message

Distraction from issues is necessary for Mike Victorino. Otherwise, those who care would never vote for him.

Elle Cochran’s record on affordable housing is stellar while Victorino gutted and cut affordable housing requirements in half. He introduced repeal of the “Show Me the Water” bill. She introduced $15 minimum-wage bills.

Victorino voted for Monsanto, stating that pesticides and GMOs should be separate. Actually, agrochemical companies like Monsanto and Syngenta design GMOs to maximize herbicide/pesticide use.

Cochran’s excellent environmental record includes protecting Honolua Bay, banning Styrofoam and toxic sunscreen and introducing the phase out of injection wells.

Victorino “championed the effort to move Makena Resort forward” (The Maui News, Nov. 20, 2008) to benefit corporations like Morgan Stanley and sacrifice Makena. He seconded Mike White’s motion to remove Honolua from preservation.

Politicians like Victorino who favor corporations over people must resort to tricks to win elections. Their campaigns hammer on an honest mistake or something in the personal life of their opponent.

Trump’s campaign used this tactic in 2016. Victorino’s people use it now. They stress Elle Cochran’s 1994 mistake. She used intoxication and chose the wrong boyfriend, who committed a robbery. Does this negate 24 years of sobriety and dedicated community service, including eight years on the council?

As a therapist, I believe penalizing her 24 years later sends the wrong message to those in our community who struggle with substance abuse. Her example inspires hope. Determination can overcome life’s biggest challenges.

Chandrika McLaughlin