Who knew Hawaii was the place to be for an Ohio public servant to see and be seen?
From The Hawaii Reporter’s article, “Steakhouse overrun with politicians”
[Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi] Hannemann and [state Senate President Shan] Tsutsui weren’t the only politicians seeking a higher grade of steak and interesting company [at Ruth Chris Steakhouse at Restaurant Row]. Former Gov. Linda Lingle, who may be a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in 2012, was there with a small group of supporters including House Minority Leader Gene Ward and Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom.
They gathered at Lingle’s invitation to meet 33- year-old Ohio State Treasure and U.S. Senate GOP candidate Josh Mandel. Mandel, a former U.S. Marine who completed two tours in the Middle East and served on the city council in Cleveland and in the state legislature for two terms, has been described as a “young powerhouse” on the rise by the Washington Post. His would likely take on Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, one of the most liberal members of the U.S. Senate.
Mandel met Lingle at a Las Vegas political event several months ago and she was so impressed with him, she offered to help his candidacy gain support. He was only in Hawaii briefly, picked up at the airport by Lingle in her new Nissan Leaf at around 6 p.m., escorted to the Honolulu restaurant and driven back in time to catch an 8:50 p.m. flight. [emphasis added]
I’m sure there’s plenty of good context around the event.