by Nicole Loschke and Kalamalama staff
|Still, Akaka is enormously popular
with Hawai‘i’s old guard Democrats, and the party
still has a strong hold on Hawai‘i’s electorate and
the party purse strings, as Case has pointed out. In fact, what
he calls the bankrupt political culture of the nation and of
Hawai‘i itself is one of the reason he has chosen to run
against Akaka. “It’s time for change,” Case
says, and urges voters to consider that he offers them real choices: “past
vs. future; distance vs. engagement; marginal vs. mainstream
representation; status quo vs. change,” he wrote in a letter
to Kalamalama editor Kyle Galdeira.|
Being willing to risk his seat in Congress to go up against a
well-established incumbent is one of the things that make Ed
Case appealing to the younger generation of voters. Case gained
the support of some HPU students when he attended an event set
up by the College of International Studies, a chance for students
and faculty to hear from both Akaka and Case about where they
stand on important issues. However, Case was the only politician
to show up. Akaka didn’t make an appearance at the event,
allowing Case to steal the show.
Ed takes risks, he is exciting, he stepped out of the norm and
put down ‘authority’ so that he could do what he
thought was right,” said HPU junior Leanna Overstreet.
Case’s experience includes serving eight years as a State
Representative to Hawai‘i’s legislature, two of them
as the House Majority Leader. He is currently serving his second
term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the Second
Congressional District which includes all of Hawai‘i except
Case bases his campaign on three basic beliefs: (1) Now is time
to begin a transition in the U.S. Senate and build seniority
so that Hawai‘i will not be without influence when its
senior Senator, Daniel Inouye, 81, retires or otherwise ends
his career. (2) Now is the time for Hawai‘i to have more
effective representation from a moderate Democrat rather than
one who has been named the Senate’s most liberal member.
And (3) Now is the time to put behind us the bankrupt political
culture that has split the country and the government and even
the political parties, and begin building a new political culture
based on moderation and consensus.
Where does Case stand on specific issues:
Education: Case supports lowering student loan interest rates and fully funding
No Child Left Behind or changing it so that the state’s are not left
on their own to pay for federally mandated programs.
Social issues: Case is pro-choice and pro stem cell research, and he supports
the Akaka Bill.
Environmental issues: Case voted against the Bush administration’s flawed
national energy policy. He is against drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge because of the effect it will have on the Gwich’in Indians.
Case opposes The Jones Act (Akaka supports it), which allows only American-made
ships, run by American crews to be the only ships to serve between two U.S.
ports such as Hawai‘i and Los Angeles. Case used this, at the Aug. 8
Hawai‘i Publishers Association forum, to contrast Akaka as part of the
corrupt political culture that allows Alexander and Baldwin to run a monopoly
that costs all of Hawai‘i money. In order to preserve those aspects of
the law that have protected Hawai‘i labor, Case has urged an exemption
for Hawai‘i, such as the one enjoyed by Guam and other U.S. territories.
Case supports the Patriot Act to find potential terrorists through court approval,
but he does not support President Bush’s illegal eavesdropping without
Case does not support the War in Iraq, but neither does he support, despite
the Bush administration’s failed strategy, setting arbitrary timelines
for a U.S. pullout. The U.S. does not operate in a vacuum in Iraq or the Middle
Case is following his own drummer,” wrote Honolulu Advertiser’s
editorial page editor, Jerry Burris. He is redefining what a Democrat is; he
is high risk and interesting.”