Politico: Divided Dems May Hand GOP Seat

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By ALEX ISENSTADT – Former Rep. Ed Case criticized Sen. Daniel Inouye’s forceful role in Hawaii’s upcoming special election, predicting that the powerful senior senator’s support for Colleen Hanabusa would backfire Saturday when the ballots are counted in the 1st Congressional District special election.

In an interview with POLITICO on Wednesday, Case said that voters in the Honolulu-based seat would reject Inouye’s vigorous effort to push Hanabusa, the state Senate president, over the finish line.

“I think it’s clear that a great majority of the district doesn’t want to be told how to vote,” said Case, who, along with Hanabusa and Republican Honolulu City Councilman Charles Djou, is a top contender in the May 22 contest. “They don’t want anyone to tell them how to vote — whether it’s a senator or a governor.”

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  1. I think Inouye has got to go. He is a shining example of what is wrong with our government on both the state and local level. The people of Hawaii need to get their heads out of the sand and get out and vote these guys all out of office. We should demand a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on all local, state and federal offices. That will be hard to do in Hawaii because we do not have referendum laws in our constitution. At the rate we are going with Obama Hawaii may soon not be the 50th State of the United States. It could be the 1st State in the United Socialist States of America.

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