The Campaigns of Ed and Mazie: A Contrast

Ed Morita for Mazie Hirono

Mazie Hirono and Ed Case have a lot in common.

They are only five years apart, and both are attorneys and former members of the state House of Representatives.

Hirono holds the same seat that Case held in the U.S. House of Representatives, and for about the same amount of time, too. Both have run for governor — against each other, in fact.

And, as Democrats, they share many similar positions on issues such as jobs and the economy, energy and sustainability, women's rights, entitlement programs and tourism.

But Case and Hirono are two very different people with different backgrounds, personal and professional, and starkly different personalities.

It is no surprise, then, that they have taken different approaches to seeking the U.S. Senate, a contest that will be decided in just two months and will likely pit one of these politicians against Republican Linda Lingle.

Because there will be no statewide debates broadcast on commercial television between Case and Hirono, and because only a handful of TV ads have appeared so far, most voters may not be fully aware of the campaigns.

So Civil Beat took a close look at the campaign styles of Hirono and Case: on the trail, in their platform, online and in their own words.

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