Pro-rail group apologizes for political ads attacking Cayetano

A screenshot of the PRP ad that aired in 2012.

The battle between former governor Ben Cayetano and the Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP) is over.

The pro-rail group has agreed to apologize to Cayetano for attacking his character and reputation in a 2012 political ad campaign, when Cayetano was running for mayor. For that, Cayetano dropped the libel lawsuit filed against PRP.

“It’s the end of this particular chapter, the apology. I would never get an apology from a jury,” Cayetano said.

In a letter dated June 12, 2014, John White, PRP executive director, made a statement: “We have reached a settlement that both parties are satisfied with. We have no additional comment on the matter.”

The financial settlement Cayetano received he said will benefit the University of Hawaii’s John A. Burns School of Medicine (which was established during the governor’s time in office) and the Hawaiian Humane Society, because his wife Vicky and his sister-in-law are on the society’s board of directors, and the couple themselves own 10 pet dogs.

The following is the apology letter in its entirety:

Dear Governor Cayetano:

During the course of the 2012 Honolulu mayoral campaign, Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP) paid for a widespread media campaign regarding former Governor Benjamin Cayetano. Governor Cayetano believes that these radio and television advertisements gave many the impression that Gov. Cayetano personally had broken the law or acted corruptly. To the extent any viewer or listener reached that conclusion, PRP apologizes to Gov. Cayetano. PRP commends Gov. Cayetano for his long record of public service to the State of Hawaii. In recognition of Gov. Cayetano’s service to the community, PRP will donate $100,000 to the University of Hawaii Medical School and $25,000 to the Hawaiian Humane Society in his name.


John White

“That apology is worth more than money, because I think it helped to erase the tarnish they put on my reputation,” Cayetano said.


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