Observations on Lingle's U.S. Senate Candidacy From An Almost-Candidate

Michael Levine/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON — Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has simple advice for her fellow Democrats: "You cannot take Linda Lingle lightly."

Hanabusa sat down with Civil Beat in her Washington office on Tuesday, shortly after Lingle, a Republican, confirmed that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Sen. Daniel Akaka.

Hanabusa had seriously considered entering the 2012 U.S. Senate race, too, but announced in late August that she would instead seek re-election in the 1st congressional district.

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