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  Akaka rejects Time list calling him one of 5 ‘worst senators’
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Last EditedJ.R.  Apr 30, 2006 01:03pm
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MediaNewspaper - Honolulu Advertiser
News DateTuesday, April 18, 2006 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWASHINGTON — This week's Time magazine lists U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka as one of the five worst members of the Senate.

Akaka, who faces a primary challenge this year from U.S. Rep. Ed Case, D-Hawai'i, said Time's judgment was unfair and questioned the basis for the magazine's analysis.

"Akaka is living proof that experience does not necessarily yield expertise," said Time, which also listed its 10 best senators. "After 16 years on the job, the junior senator from Hawai'i is a master of the minor resolution and the bill that dies in committee."

Akaka, 81, who is the top Democrat on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said in response: "I have worked as a team player on our (Democratic) side as well as on the other (Republican) side for the good of the country. I have passed bills that have made a huge difference not only in Hawai'i but in our country."
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