BY JADINE NIELSEN – Republican Linda Lingle’s announcement that she is running for U.S. Senate in 2012 isn’t particularly surprising.

The national Republican Party has been anxious to move Lingle back to center stage as they did at the 2008 Republican National Convention, when Lingle went on national television to second Sarah Palin’s nomination for Vice President and endorse the McCain-Palin ticket over our island son, Barack Obama.

We welcome Linda Lingle to the Hawaii Senate campaign. However, we’re confident the people of Hawaii will choose a Senator who’s on their side, Mazie Hirono.

Jadine Nielsen is the finance chair of the Mazie for Hawaii campaign for U.S. Senate

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