A Democrat state representative from Hawaii was busted on surveillance camera shamelessly swiping his Democrat primary opponent’s campaign handout from a local resident’s front door.
The surveillance footage went viral on social media Friday, one day before Hawaii’s 2018 primary elections.
The video showed state Rep. Matt LoPresti stealing opponent Alicia Maluafiti’s handout and placing it in his clipboard. Both are running for the 19th district seat to be vacated by Will Espero, who’s running to be the state’s next lieutenant governor.
After the footage went viral, LoPresti rushed to social media to issue a long-winded, woe-is-me apology that some accused of sounding insincere.
“Political campaigns can be intense and emotions can cloud otherwise good judgement of even the best people. I sincerely apologize and have deep regret over my having taken some of those flyers,” he wrote on Facebook.
He was so regretful that he then claimed that he had returned the handouts the very same day he stole them.
” What that video does not show, however, is that the very same day I returned flyers that were taken — and that person’s neighbors can attest to me coming back and hand delivering my opponents flyers that same day,” he alleged.
He even shared so-called video “proof” of him speaking with some of the people from whom he’d stolen:
“This video was yesterday. I gave it back a month ago — the day it happened. I went back to ask the people if they remembered it so they could attest to the fact that I did go back and hand out my opponents flyers,” added wrote in a comment on his own post.
Except the video didn’t prove anything. The two people who spoke with didn’t say anything about him returning the handouts a month earlier. Who’s to say he didn’t return the handouts during this very meeting?
Moreover, the fact that he chose to spend more time highlighting this video versus apologizing adds to the belief that his apology was an insincere attempt at virtue-signaling.
Check out the comments that were left on his Facebook posts:
Maluafiti didn’t seem impressed either: “My opponent, Matt LoPresti, stealing my walking piece which I use when I go door to door. Who knows how many more went missing?” she reportedly wrote on Facebook.
Yet despite LoPresti’s clear-cut thievery and sincerity, he devoured Maluafiti in the primary Saturday, earning 54.7 percent of votes to her meager 24 percent.
Hawaii has long been one of the most liberal states in the country.
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