One of Linda Lingle‘s main arguments for why she’d serve Hawaii well in the U.S. Senate is that she would give the state a “foot in both camps” — Dan Inouye with the Democrats and her with the Republicans. It would give Hawaii an insurance policy that someone would be in the majority no matter what.
A web video from the campaign is making the rounds, but it goes a little further with that argument. Gen. Bob Lee, Lingle’s campaign manager, faces the camera and delivers the following remarks:
Aloha. My name is Bob Lee and I was privileged to serve eight years as the adjudant general for the State of Hawaii. In my position, I worked with leaders in Washington. I know how the different branches of government function. I was also able to work with Sen. Inouye over the years and I personally want to thank Sen. Inouye for always supporting our troops and for keeping our nation’s defense strong.
Regardless of whether the Republicans or Democrats were in the majority in the Senate, Sen. Inouye and his partner, Sen. Ted Stevens from Alaska, delivered the resources Hawaii deserved. Sadly, Sen. Stevens passed a few years ago.
As the current chair of the Appropriations Committee, Sen. Inouye would become the ranking member on that committee should the Republicans gain the majority. You can count on Sen. Inouye to remain effective with the seniority in the Senate regardless of which party is in the majority. Anything else said is disrespectful to the senior