Case Makes His Case As He Opens Campaign HQ

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

One year from this week, Ed Case will either be Hawaii Democrats' nominee for the U.S. Senate or, quite possibly, at the end of his political career.

Sure, anything can happen, and Case, who turns 59 next month, is the Energizer Bunny of Hawaii politics.

But, if Case should lose the Aug. 11, 2012, primary to U.S. Rep Mazie Hirono or another Democrat, he will have lost three major races in a row; the other two were against Charles Djou and Colleen Hanabusa in May 2010 and against Sen. Daniel Akaka in 2006.

Those races weren't close, and the three-time loser label could stick.

On the other hand, if he gets past the primary, Case has a heck of a shot at winning the general, even against a strong Republican nominee like former Gov. Linda Lingle, who's positioned to carry the GOP mantle. Barack Obama's approval rating may be at its lowest ever — including locally — but the bluest of states is sure to vote again for its favorite son.

That's why Case's sights are set squarely on Hirono.

"At the end of the day, I think Hirono basically stands for how things are," Case told Civil Beat Sunday just after opening his campaign headquarters. "I stand for how things should be."

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