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Friday, April 2, 2010
Case highlights time in Washington, forgets to mention ineffectiveness
By News Release @ 2:50 PM :: 10501 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics


In today’s KITV4 News story, Ed Case says that he is better qualified to represent the 1st congressional district than his opponents, Charles Djou and Colleen Hanabusa, but his record clearly contradicts his claims:

“Case points out he’s already spent four years and one month representing Hawai'i in Congress from 2002 to 2006, so he said he’ll have more seniority and more knowledge than Hanabusa or Djou. ‘I do know Washington and they don’t, so that's a very basic differentiation. Related to that, I'm not gonna have to learn my way around when I go back in mid-term. They will,’ said Case.” (Keoki Kerr, “Ed Case Says He's Better Qualified Than Rivals,” KITV4 News, 03/31/10)

“While Ed Case may think being a Washington insider is what Hawai'i needs, the people of Hawai'i have a different idea.  Our state and our nation has not and will not benefit from political insiders and the corruption that comes with establishment candidates like Ed Case.  The people of Hawai'i see through his attempt to tout his experience as Congressman for CD-2 as a reason why he is entitled to be the Congressman for CD-1.  That’s just not the case,” said Jonah Ka’auwai, Chairman, Hawai'i Republican Party.

Facts about his time in Congress that Ed Case forgot to mention:

Ed Case has been ranked as one of the most ineffective members of Congress: “Two members of Congress ranked as some of the least effective – Rep. Ed Case [D- Hawai'i] and Sen. Dan Akaka [D- Hawai'i] – are battling over who has the worse rating on a national political Web site.” (Richard Borreca, “Case to Akaka, Akaka to Case: You’re ineffective,” Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 08/29/06).  According to the article, Ed Case was ranked:

  • 410 out of 435 in power and ability in Washington
  • 426 out of 435 in influence rating
  • 418 out of 435 in legislative activity rating

While in Congress, Ed Case missed 148 votes, including a vote to honor and recognize Filipino World War II veterans: During the 108th Congress, Case missed 61 votes. During the 109th Congress, Case missed 87 votes. (House Roll Call 452, 09/19/06) and (Washington Post U.S. Congress Vote Database)

For more fact check information for the special election for Hawai'i’s 1st congressional district, visit   

Erin Kealoha, HRP Communications Director



RELATED: Ed Case in Congress: Influence less than zero


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