by Andrew Walden
Ed Case is off and running again--for the US Senate.
Interviewed by The Hill, December 18 Case says:
"I’ve never ruled out the Senate. If there is that opportunity, I’m not going to sit here at the end of 2009 and say I’m not going to be a candidate.”
Did Case learn anything from his disastrous 2006 Primary campaign against Dan Akaka? Apparently not. Case in 2006 earned the hatred of Hawaii Democrats by implying that the octogenarian Akaka was feeble-minded, ineffectual, and too liberal. Now he tells The Hill that Senate President Colleen Hanabusa "has no clue":
"[Abercrombie is] leaving 19 years of seniority in the House. Do you want somebody filling out his term who has seniority, who has experience, who has relationships, who knows issues, who knows Washington? Or do you want somebody that’s going to go in that has no clue, really?
“I have the experience and seniority in Washington that [Hanabusa] doesn’t.”
But since Case intends to bail out of the House as soon at there is an "opportunity", his "seniority" won't mean much. When "opportunity" knocks, Hawaii will be left on the outside pressing our collective nose against the glass display in the pork department.
If Case had as much of a clue as he gives himself credit for, he would have kept that to himself. But his arrogance and sense of entitlement got the best of him once before. Honolulu Councilman Charles Djou is the only one of the three announced candidates who actually lives in the district. Case tells The Hill:
“I do reside outside the district. In Hawaii, we’ve made a habit of it. When I ran [in 2002] and was elected to represent the 2nd [congressional district], I lived in the 1st. I subsequently moved to the 2nd — half a mile from the 1st district.”
Ed Case sure does move a lot. But why bother moving back when you know the clock is ticking on your Senate "opportunity."
Within hours of Case's interview being published, Colleen Hanabusa sent an email to her supporters expressing "concern" about a "special election we cannot afford."
Not only does Charles Djou live in the District, but he is apparently the only candidate who wants both to run in this election and to represent Hawaii in the US House.