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  Gabbard staking claim on Case's Congress seat
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ContributorGerald Farinas 
Last EditedGerald Farinas  May 10, 2004 10:15am
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News DateMonday, May 10, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionGabbard staking claim on Case's Congress seat
The Honolulu Advertiser

The race between Rep. Ed Case and Honolulu councilman Mike Gabbard for Case's 2nd Congressional District seat won't be friendly. Gabbard is challenging the first-term congressman on same-sex marriage and other hot-button issues. Also, Gabbard's war chest is nearly three times what Case has, pushing the incumbent to raise more money and counter Gabbard's attacks.

Case calls his opponent a single-issue Republican who views the world through a right-wing extremist prism. "I think Hawai'i Republicans view Gabbard as going backwards," Case said. Gabbard, chairman of the Alliance for Traditional Marriage-Hawai'i, accuses Case of being an ineffective same-sex marriage supporter posing as a moderate Democrat. "He doesn't represent the views of the 2nd District," Gabbard said. "He doesn't represent Hawai'i."

Among House members in their first term, Case ranks 49th out of 53 in campaign money raised to date. Case emphasizes, however, that he has seniority over the other 52 first-term lawmakers because he served out the term of the late Patsy Mink. That will help him get a leg up when it comes to committee assignments.
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