Ed Case

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Ed Case, a former Hawaii congressman, lost his last political race in the 2012 primary election against Mazie Hirono, 57.7 percent to 40.9 percent. He was running to fill the U.S. Senate seat being vacated in 2012 by Sen. Daniel Akaka. Hirono went on to defeat Linda Lingle as well.

Case, a Democrat, represented Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District between late 2002 and early 2007.

He tried to return to Congress in 2010 to represent Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District, but he came in third in a special election, trailing winner Charles Djou and Democratic rival Colleen Hanabusa. After that loss, Case dropped out and left the path open for Hanabusa to unseat Djou.

Case was wildly outspent in the 2012 primary by Hirono, an aggressive and popular fundraiser.

Campaign finance records show Case took in $123,819 in donations in the three month period ending in June 30, while Hirono took in more than $829,763. More than $25,000 of Case’s contributions was in the form of a loan to himself.

The vast majority of Case’s contributions came from individual donors. Since he launched his campaign, Case raised $700,000, while Hirono raised $3.4 million.

With the loss to Hirono, Case was defeated in three major races in a row — the other two were against Djou and Hanabusa in May 2010 and against Sen. Akaka in 2006.

Case was born Sept. 27, 1952, in Hilo on the Big Island. He graduated from Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Kamuela, earned a B.S. in psychology from Williams College, and earned a law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Case has practiced law in Honolulu when he has not been in elected office.

From 1975 to 1978, Case was a legislative assistant to Hawaii Sen. Spark Matsunaga. He served on the Manoa Neighborhood Board in Honolulu from 1985 to 1989.

In 1994 Case was elected to the Hawaii House of Representatives where he served until 2002. Case was elected House majority leader by his peers, serving from 1999-2000. But he stepped down from that role after clashing with senior Democrats. In 2002, Case sought the Democratic nomination for governor. He narrowly lost the primary to Mazie Hirono, the lieutenant governor at the time who would lose the general election to Republican Linda Lingle.

On Nov. 30 that same year, Case won a special election to fill the vacancy left by U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink, who died Sept. 28 but was posthumously re-elected to the Hawaii 2nd Congressional District seat in November. Case then won a special election in early January 2003 for a new two-year term. He defeated several well-known Republicans, including Barbara Marumoto and Bob McDermott, and several prominent Democrats, including Matt Matsunaga and Colleen Hanabusa. Case was re-elected in 2004.

Rather than run for an expected easy re-election in 2006, Case challenged Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka in the Democratic primary. Case’s challenge angered the Democratic establishment, in particular Hawaii’s senior senator, Daniel K. Inouye. The party rallied for Akaka, who one the primary 54-45 percent.

Case returned to practicing law before announcing he would run for the 1st Congressional Seat vacated by Neil Abercrombie in 2010 and again after losing in the special election.

Although long associated with the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Case has also been one of its strongest critics. He has clashed with some veteran officials over policy and direction even while working with others to pass legislation and serve his district.

While in the state Legislature Case challenged the conventional way of doings things. He was one of the few and early lawmakers to push for civil unions, and later reciprocal beneficiary status, for same-sex couples. One of his most controversial proposals was to combine the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands into a single entity.

In Congress, Case’s record indicates he was a moderate Democrat who sometimes held more conservative positions on fiscal and foreign policy. He was a member of the Blue Dog Democrats, a group of more than 50 moderate-to-conservative Democrats.

Case also traveled extensively overseas during his time in Congress, including to Iraq and Afghanistan, and was generally supportive of President Bush’s conduct of American involvement in those countries. In 2010 he says he supported President Obama’s policies.

Case says one of his greatest accomplishments in office was introducing the Northwestern Hawaiian IslandsNational Marine Refuge Act. In June 2006, Bush proclaimed the islands the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.


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August 2012

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Thursday, August 9

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July 2012

Monday, July 30

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Thursday, July 26

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Tuesday, July 24

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Friday, July 13

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June 2012

Friday, June 29

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Wednesday, June 20

Case: Women’s Groups Gave Me 100% Ratings

Friday, June 15

Senate Hopefuls Hirono and Case Go Out Swinging

Thursday, June 14

Familiar Senate Debate Sees Fresh Exchanges

Wednesday, June 13

Hawaii U.S. Senate Race: The Maui Debate

Monday, June 11

Civil Beat Poll – Case, Hirono Tied In Hawaii U.S. Senate Race

Sunday, June 10

Mazie Hirono: Notes from the Campaign Trail

Friday, June 1

The Campaigns of Ed and Mazie: A Contrast

May 2012

Wednesday, May 30

Case and Hirono, Together at Last

Wednesday, May 16

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April 2012

Thursday, April 19

Hirono Won’t Debate Case On Top TV Networks

March 2012

Thursday, March 8

Hawaii Candidates Play Chicken on Disclosing Their Tax Returns

Lingle Ads Cost U.S. Chamber Big Bucks

February 2012

Wednesday, February 29

U.S. Energy Secretary Touts Lasers for Hawaii Geothermal Development

Tuesday, February 7

Campaign Ads Now Hitting Hawaii Airwaves

Sunday, February 5

Hirono: I’m Only Candidate Who Opposed Bush Tax Cuts

January 2012

Thursday, January 26

Lingle, Flush With Cash And On Message

Wednesday, January 25

Lingle Raises $1.8M, Sprints Past Hirono

Thursday, January 5

Hawaii Candidates Keep Fundraisers Under Wraps

December 2011

Wednesday, December 28

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Tuesday, December 6

How Hawaii U.S. Senate Candidates Would Save $1.2 Trillion

November 2011

Sunday, November 20

Capitol Watch: Nov. 21

October 2011

Tuesday, October 25

Is Medicare A Chink In Lingle’s Political Armor?

Monday, October 24

Hirono Outspends Case, Shells Out $68K to Consultants

Case’s 3rd Quarter Fundraising Detailed

Wednesday, October 19

When Mazie Met Linda … and Ed

Friday, October 14

Capitol Watch: Oct. 14

Tuesday, October 11

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Thursday, October 6

Case Comes to Washington and Casts Hirono as ‘Status Quo’ Candidate

Tuesday, October 4

Sen. Inouye Backs Hirono in U.S. Senate Race

August 2011

Sunday, August 14

Case Makes His Case As He Opens Campaign HQ

July 2011

Thursday, July 21

Case: Support Has ‘Never’ Come From PACs

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Wednesday, July 20

Case Raised Barely Half Hirono’s Total for Senate Run in Latest Quarter

Saturday, July 16

Hawaii Execs Put Their Money Behind Hanabusa

Friday, July 15

Hirono Leads in Hawaii Senate Fundraising

June 2011

Monday, June 27

Capitol Watch: June 27

May 2011

Thursday, May 19

Word’s Out: Hirono To Run For U.S. Senate

April 2011

Saturday, April 9

Capitol Watch: April 11

March 2011

Friday, March 25

Capitol Watch: March 28

Thursday, March 3

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December 2010

Wednesday, December 22

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August 2010

Wednesday, August 25

Congress Race Flying Below the Radar — For Now

May 2010

Monday, May 31

Case Withdraws: Money Makes The World Go Round

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Thursday, May 27

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Discussion: Hawaii 1st Congressional District Election

Monday, May 24

Analysis: Civil Beat Poll Points To Dems’ November Dilemma

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Mr. Djou Goes To Washington

Sunday, May 23

1st District Voters Send Djou to Congress

Friday, May 21

Mail-In Voting The Winner In Special Election

Tuesday, May 18

Website 101 With Ed, Colleen and Charles

Thursday, May 13

Discussion: 1st Congressional District Special Election

Majority of 1st District Voters Likely To Be Unrepresented

Wednesday, May 12

UPDATE: The Four Bs On Hawaii Politics

Tuesday, May 11

National Democrats Pull Out Of Hawaii After Civil Beat Poll

Monday, May 10

Civil Beat Poll: Djou On Way To May 22 Victory