Skip to comments.Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii won’t seek re-election
Posted on 03/02/2011 4:46:46 PM PST by GOPsterinMA
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Hawaii will just put another democrat into office. They are pretty darned addicted to the Democrat slush fund and handouts.
I was taught that we can't say that name...
Another open Democrat Senate seat. This one will be hard to pick up, but on the other hand, no one saw Charles Djou picking up the House seat in Hawaii.
Still, a long shot.
Is there any chance of the GOP flipping this seat?
A fiscal conservative could win here.
That conservative should espouse tax cuts, a business friendly atmosphere to promote job creation, cuts in state regulations that inhibit entrepreneurship and limited government.
Maybe Linda Lingle?
Unfortunately, the only reason that Djou won that special electon is because they had 2 dems running in it. That split the dem vote. Between them the 2 dems garnered 57% of the vote.
It’s about time, but this is an outside shot at best. Linda Lingle wasn’t particularly popular when she left office and Duke Aiona lost to a leftist hippie by a larger than expected margin. Maybe one of the Congresswomen will run.
Quitter. He needs to get some time under his belt like Hawaii’s other Senator, who’s been in Washington since 1959.
He was born in 1924, and is the state’s junior senator in every sense of the word.
The Dems will have to spend more money here now.
You are right.
I don’t suppose they would make the mistake again.
The only other way I could think of would be a monumental landslide by Republicans in a Presidential year.
She could maybe do it.
Maybe Duke Aiona will give the Senate seat a shot?
Is this where Shinseki of the berets for every Army trooper gets the nod?
I’m done looting and plundering the place.
Time to give some other thief the chance. :)
There is a way of reporting items like this without FR running into copyright problems.
You can report the essence of the story while attributing the sources.. like a book report or a review
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Maybe Obama will run for Senator of hawaii. He won’t have to show a birth certificate to get on the Ballot. Look at the name recognition, a sitting president becomes a senator. He spends enough time in Hawaii, he probably already has residence there too. Neal abercrombie will declare Obama a legal resident, let’s face it he said he was there when Obama was born and he can vouch for obama, but darn it barack I just cannot find that Birth certificate. thats okay Neal, just say I live here year round and the State supreme Court will allow my name on the ballot just like Rahm Emanauel’s. It it only cost the taxpayers of the USA 5 billion dollars. what does hawaii need I can send on over another 5 billion of the unspent 787 billion? get in touch with Ben or Tim either one will take care of it for you.
Ed Case might be who the dems pick, although he’s out of favor with the old boys&girls democrat club of Hawaii recently because he wanted to run against Akaka last time. The syndicate, whoops I mean club told him, “It’s not your turn, we still have a chance at the Akaka bill moneygrab.”
The one I suspect will be annointed by the syndicate is Hawaii House leader, Blake Oshiro. Not only is he as liberal as they come, he’s openly gay. And the kicker is he’s Japanese which in Hawaii politics means he’ll always have a large percentage of the racist asian community vote for him no matter how bad or corrupt he is. He pushed hard to get the morning prayers banned when the House meets to appease his buddies at the ACLU. He’ll end up senator for life like Inouye.
Hello Senator Shinseki.
Our only palindrome senator.
Our only palindrome senator.
After months of thinking about my political future, I am announcing today that I have decided not to run for re-election in 2012. As many of you can imagine, it was a very difficult decision for me. However, I feel that the end of this Congress is the right time for me to step aside. It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the people of Hawaii. In 2006, the people of Hawaii gave me an opportunity to continue my service in the United States Senate and I fully intend to serve the last two years of my term in office.
At the end of this term, I will have served almost 22 years in the United States Senate and, prior to that, more than 13 years in the United States House of Representatives. I am proud of my accomplishments and my incredible staff in Washington, D.C. and Hawaii. They have exemplified the true meaning of being a public servant. They have worked tirelessly and without their dedication and loyalty, I could not have accomplished all that I did.
Millie and I will return to Hawaii at the end of this Congress and spend time with our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I would also like to spend time documenting my life and career, and serving as a mentor to future political leaders. I have always strived to serve the people with much love and aloha, never forgetting my humble beginnings, and it is my hope that they, too, will continue this tradition. We must never forget that we, as political leaders, work for the people of Hawaii and not the special interests.
I will always cherish the time I spent working in Washington, D.C., and extend my heartfelt thanks to the people of Hawaii for their confidence in me.
I would like to thank my family, my staff and my friends for their unwavering support. I would like to especially thank my wife, Millie, for her continuous support and encouragement. I could not have done it without her.
Finally, I would like to thank Senator Dan Inouye. I will forever be grateful for his friendship and steadfast support.
Daniel K. Akaka
I’ve heard Lingle wants it and was planning to run if Akaka retired.
Maybe former Governor Linda Lingle will run.
“Another open Democrat Senate seat. This one will be hard to pick up, but on the other hand, no one saw Charles Djou picking up the House seat in Hawaii.
Still, a long shot.”
Perhaps Chin Ho Kelly or maybe Duke Lukela could give it a try.
So the only reason he’s retiring would be that he doesn’t want to serve in the minority.
Aloha, you loser Akaka macaca. Good riddence.
“I suppose even a RINO is better than a RAT.”
See Scott Brown
Somewhat of a RINO, but probably reliable on fiscal issues. Probably the best you can hope for from the Maui Waui State.
These farewell-type “letters” from so-called public servants are a joke. One would think by reading them that these money/power leeches are really just altruistic public volunteers serving the greater good. What B.S.
If this clown really believed what he was writing, he would have forgone all riches that have come his way during 35 years in Congress. Has he done that? I didn’t think so. They are in it for themselves, plain and simple. Anyone who believes someone like Akaka is a “servant” needs their head examined.
Headline says it all anyways. Good riddance.
"See Scott Brown."
Well, Scott may not be close to being ideal, but he's a lot better than Teddy Kennedy.
“...but he’s a lot better than Teddy Kennedy.”
True. One broken arm is better than two, too. But, you still have a problem.
Well we have one thing going for us with this seat. It would be impossible for anyone worse to get the seat. We would just trade one lib for another lib.
“I suppose even a RINO is better than a RAT.
“See Scott Brown.”
Well, Scott may not be close to being ideal, but he’s a lot better than Teddy Kennedy.
He the biggest thing Sen Scott Brown counts as one more to pry that gavel out of idiot Reid’s hand! The time to get the RINO’s is in the primary. After that we have to suffer with them.
I don’t think this is a possible pickup for the Republicans. I mean, c’mon. Hawaii? May as well be D.C.
With less seniority, which may be big.
S/He may be a RINO, but I think Djou or Lingle should run. I’d much rather the seat go Republican to a center-left person than to a communist/socialist like Abercrombie.
Putting the flame retardant suit on.
Scott Brown is way better than Coakley would have been.
LOL - I was thinking the EXACT same thing!!! :-)
Lingle is probably (definitely) our only chance, RINO though she is.
Aloha Barry is likely to win the state huge again, big coatails to overcome. Lingle is popular enough to have a shot.