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”Are Political Visions of Grandeur Driving Lingle to Lobby for the Akaka Bill?”

Republicans in Washington D.C. say Republican Gov. Linda Lingle and President George W. Bush aggressively are lobbying Congress for passage of the Akaka Bill, but her actions are not driven by what most people in Hawaii would think.

“It is that blatant,” says one Republican who works in the U.S. Capitol.

He was referring to the fact that Lingle and White House administrators are telling Republican Congress members that Lingle wants to be elected to the U.S. Senate, and passing the Akaka bill would cinch the deal with Hawaii voters. Republicans in Congress are being told if they want one of Hawaii