HI-Sen: Update on the Reverse Lieberman/Lamont Race

While most of the progressive blogosphere is watching Lieberman and Lamont's every move ahead of the August 8 Connecticut Democratic Primary, Akaka is fighting hard to fend off Democrat-In-Name-Only (DINO) Ed Case's primary election challenge.  Here is a quick update on some of the more important developments in the race for the September 23 Hawaii Democratic Primary.

Case Going For His Base... Republicans   This is a must read article from the Honolulu Advertiser about DINO Case's strategy to get out his base of Republican voters.  Hawaii has an open primary, after all, where voters can choose whichever primary ballot they wish, regardless of party registration.

The Air War Senator Dan Inouye appears in TV ad for Akaka. It's my understanding that this isn't the sort of thing Inouye usually does.  He's never been in a primary ad for any Democratic candidate in Hawai'i, but he's supported Akaka since Ed Case announced.  You can see the ad here.  Also check out the TV ad featuring Akaka's eloquent call for peace and an end Bush's failed war in Iraq.

Endorsements Akaka gets the endorsements representing pro-worker, pro-peace and pro-environment organizations like Hawaii Government Employees Association.  Proving his DINO credentials, Case gets business endorsements from the Realtors and Restaurant Associations.
UPDATE: Because of their differing views on Iraq and Bush, it's my understanding that Akaka received the endorsement of Peace Action's national PAC.

Akaka Campaign Manager Blogs From The Inside Andy Winer, Akaka's Campaign Manager, is now a diarist on dailykos. His first post challenges Ed Case for not stating his positions regarding the Iraq war, Patriot Act, and Bush Administration tax policies on his website and to Democratic groups who request them.  He's posted this last Friday about Case's flipflop on PBS funding, which includes his insider views about Case's votes:

Some pundits have compared Case to Lieberman, but to my knowledge even Lieberman didn't vote to kill Big Bird and Elmo.

Iraq Continues As Central Theme In Race  This must read Op Ed by Senators Feingold & Kerry support Akaka's troop withdrawal vote on Iraq:

It is true that Sens. Akaka and Inouye were two of only 13 senators to support this timetable. However, when Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa.) first stepped up to the challenge of leadership in the House on Iraq, he was alone. Then, recently, 140 House members voted to support his leadership. Congressman Ed Case was not one of them. When we in the Senate began the fight to change course in Iraq, we, too, were almost alone. Ending the Bush administration's disastrous approach to this war isn't about counting votes.

It isn't about legislative strategy or electoral calculation. It's about applying constant pressure to change a broken course

The Lieberman/Lamont = Case/Akaka Connection Continues Pachacutec crossposted a great comparison of President Clinton's stumping for Lieberman with the potential of stumping for Akaka to firedoglake and huffingtonpost.

Will Bill Clinton Stump for Akaka? Or will he only place his foot on the scale in favor of conservative, pro-war incumbent Democrats who blamed and shamed him during the Republicans’ impeachment overreach?

Coffee Enters Race for Republican Nomination
Look at a portion of the quite candid to-do list disclosure from Coffee:

10. Interview with Senator Elizabeth Dole, Chair of National Republican Senatorial Committee. (All of the above were very enthusiastic about my candidacy, but the money depends on our own ability to fund raise and poll numbers.)...

This is crossposted from my blog and http://www.dailykos.com.

Tags: 2006, Akaka, Case, Endorsements, Hawai'i, Hawaii, Iraq, Lamont, Lieberman, peace, Primary, Senate (all tags)



Re: HI-Sen: Update on the Reverse Lieberman/Lamont

Which environmental organizations are supporting Akaka?  That seems funny considering his strong support of drilling in ANWR.

by lorax 2006-08-01 10:28PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Update on the Reverse Lieberman/Lamont

Hawaii and Alaska always support one another on bills that specifically affect their respective states.  For example, it's my understanding that if some bill in Congress about pineapples and sugar came to a vote, Alaskan representatives would vote in whichever way Hawaii wanted.  

by Eric11 2006-08-02 05:42AM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Update on the Reverse Lieberman/Lamont

Great update.

by Jerome Armstrong 2006-08-02 12:53AM | 0 recs
Thank you!

That means alot to me coming from you!  

by schultzy 2006-08-02 07:20PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Update on the Reverse Lieberman/Lamont
Case has been great on ocean conservation issues, unlike his opponent.
by Demeric 2006-08-02 06:13AM | 0 recs
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Not one environmental group supports Akaka from what I see. (not very Democratic in my mind) The Senator does not vote to protect ANWR, he worked against Case when Case got the NW Hawaiian Islands preserved.  Why does Akaka vote against the environment when a clean ocean is why people go to Hawaii?  http://www.oceanchampions.org/issues-and -campaigns/candidates

here is a Case endorsement on oceans.  

by mchs 2006-08-02 12:25PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Update on the Reverse Lieberman/Lamont

Are you officially working for Case?  If so, are you a Republican or do you just like Democrats who are ALMOST Republicans?  Just wondering, b/c Case was an awful Congressman and would make an even worse Senator.  A BLUE DOG DEM from HI?  That's as bad as Lieberman in Connecticut.  

by HSTruman 2006-08-02 01:51PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Update on the Reverse Lieberman/Lamont

this sounds very much like a prepackaged attack.

by yomoma2424 2006-08-02 03:27PM | 0 recs
Dan Akaka has higher US PIRG Score than Ed Case!

Check this out:

Akaka = 85%
Case = 76%

True, neither score is bad. But when you compare the overall voting records of both candidates, Akaka is the clear progressive (and stronger supporter of the environment), while Case is more conservative than Joe Lieberman...PLAIN AND SIMPLE...

by schultzy 2006-08-02 07:34PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Update on the Reverse Lieberman/Lamont

Case couldn't beat Mazie Hirono in a statewide primary (of course that was before he was congressman Case), which is sad...

I'd put my chips on akaka unless there is serious R cross over

by attorney at arms 2006-08-02 09:11AM | 0 recs
nice summary on Case v. Akaka
Do you have any quotes or footage links to their debates?
by mchs 2006-08-02 12:32PM | 0 recs
Re: nice summary on Case v. Akaka

Obviously you know there haven't been any debates.  I know Akaka is pretty much worthless, but come on--Case is just pathetic.  From the War in Iraq to his vote for the Bankruptcy Bill, Case loves to be the maverick who is bucking the party line to be a bipartisan sell out to the Republicans.  He did consistently when he was in the Hawaii State Senate and was getting frustrated with life in the House because he couldn't stand out like he wanted to.  

Looks to me like we have the next Lieberman in the making waiting in the wings.  I'm sorry but Case is not a good democrat.  Don't be fooled by his support of ANWR, he knew he could try and use it as a wedge issue between himself and Sen. Akaka. Case is just out for himself.

by burroughs 2006-08-02 04:15PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Update on the Reverse Lieberman/Lamont

I live on Oahu and when you drive around the island all you see are Akaka signs.  If Case was banking on the fact that a high enough rate of Repubs would be crossing party lines then he didn't take into account the contested Republican primary going on in our district between Bob Hogue, a local sportscaster, and Kawananakoa.  This is a contested Republican primary so not as many Republicans from Case's district are going to cross over.  I think that pretty much kills Case's chances--thank goodness.

by burroughs 2006-08-02 04:09PM | 0 recs
There is Little Difference

Case is not a DINO.

I lived in Hawaii at the time of the governor's race in '02. Essentially, Case did not have the backing of the labor unions as strongly as Maize Hirono did. However, and this will surprise you, the Republican victory by Lingle was an accident. Honolulu Mayor Jeremy Harris got his huge political capital tied up in a scandal and Case suddenly ran for it.

Before the election though, Patsy Mink, who then represented the areas outside of "town" central Honolulu died. But her condition was kept secret so as to prevent the need to name a new candidate on the ballot who might have also lost. Case ran and won in a special election.

Case has always been an upstart because he fears that many of Hawaii's decaying politicians like Akaka and Inouye will die in office without successors. Obviously, that's Lingle's bet and why she has sought re-election this year for governor instead of challenging Akaka outright.

However, Republicans haven't been too successful statewide office in Hawaii outside of Lingle, so it's hard to say that this primary means much of anything.

by risenmessiah 2006-08-02 04:55PM | 0 recs
Re: There is Little Difference

Don't you think it's rather morbid to feel that your health and intentions rest on the potential death of someone else?  I think the "so-and-so-is-old-and-is-closer-to-death " argument to be disgusting and presumptuous.  

Watch the TV commercial with Akaka in it - he seems lively and vibrant to me.  http://akaka2006.org

GIVE ME A BREAK!  HOW DISGUSTING A REASON TO GIVE TO VOTERS!  It's just bad karma, don't you think?

by schultzy 2006-08-02 07:16PM | 0 recs
Re: There is Little Difference

and to base your potential career hopes, I should have also said, on someone's death...



by schultzy 2006-08-02 07:16PM | 0 recs
Machine Politics Island Style

Hawaii is a machine politics state. There is no need to motivate voters. The partisans show up punch tickets and leave. The problem is that immigration by whites into the state allowed Lingle to organize them around her idea of what the state should look like. The Dem machine lost.

This is why Akaka and Inouye have been around for so long, without effective bosses, machine politics doesn't work real well.

by risenmessiah 2006-08-10 08:06PM | 0 recs
Akaka is definately Pro-Environment

You might be right - I guess I spoke too soon.  I need to find stronger evidence of actual environmental endorsements, but I know this much to be true, and this is what lead to that statement:

I found this blog post from US Pirg praising the Senator's co-sponsorship of new Global Warming reduction legislation.

He's got great views on the environment - here's his official campaign handout on the environment.

ANWAR is definately a situation of AK & HI supporting each other as the "non-contiguous states..."  

But the bottom line is this - Akaka deserves to return to the Senate, Ed Case is more conservative than Joe Lieberman, and Akaka needs our help.  

by schultzy 2006-08-02 07:13PM | 0 recs
Re: Akaka is definately Pro-Environment

see my newer post above showing Akaka has a stronger pro-environment voting record than Case.

by schultzy 2006-08-02 07:42PM | 0 recs
Re: HI-Sen: Update on the Reverse Lieberman/Lamont

and you can donate to Akaka's campaign here.

by schultzy 2006-08-02 07:43PM | 0 recs


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