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  Democrats Bash Linda Lingle While Surfing Goats Get Stolen
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Last EditedJason  Aug 26, 2011 03:37am
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News DateThursday, August 11, 2011 11:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionPardon the cliche, but even though she has yet to make any formal announcement, former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle is the 800-pound gorilla in the state's 2012 U.S. Senate race. Longtime Democratic Senator Daniel Akaka is calling it quits, and Democrats like current 2nd District Representative Mazie Hirono and former 2nd District Representative Ed Case are lining up to take his place. What Lingle will do is unknown, but given the following, reported in the respected National Journal back in March, it's easy to see her readying a run:

"The announcement by Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii that he will not seek reelection creates the first open Senate seat in the Aloha State since 1990 and presents a rare opportunity for the GOP to take the seat if former Gov. Linda Lingle jumps into the race," reported Jennifer Duffy, who also writes for the venerable Cook Political Report.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC), a powerful political action committee "Committed to Electing a Democratic Senate," is taking a Lingle candidacy very seriously—so much so that on Aug. 8 they sent out a press release titled "Furlough Flashback! — Partisan Governor Linda Lingle Now Wants To Go To Washington" that denounces the former two-term governor in rather strong terms.
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