Linda Lingle: U.S. Chamber Made?

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Mazie Hirono last week accused Linda Lingle and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce of being "two peas in a pod" for opposing President Barack Obama's priorities.

In a detailed press release, Hirono, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, links to news clip after news clip — including several from Civil Beat — chronicling what it suggests are unfortunate ties between the Chamber and the Republican candidate.

Hirono's political broadside aside, there is no question that Lingle, the former Hawaii governor and the Chamber, self-billed as "the world's largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses," have a shared goal: electing Lingle to the U.S. Senate.

While Hirono has backers like the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and EMILY's List issuing attacks on her opponents and helping fund her campaign, Lingle and the Chamber often read from the same script and practically march lockstep.

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