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Case stands behind comments against Hannemann

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Carolyn Tanaka Carolyn Tanaka
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By Tim Sakahara - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Former U.S. Congressman Ed Case isn't running for an office this election, but he's still mixing it up in the political world.  He says it's been liberating to freely speak his mind and over the weekend he endorsed Neil Abercrombie for governor and slammed on Mufi Hannemann in the process.

Case's two page email talked about Abercrombie's strengths and then went in Hannemann's weaknesses saying, "I've come to view him as the most dangerous politician in a generation, because his talents mask an agenda which, if successful, will set Hawaii back a generation. He is the product and clear choice of a political machine that must end."

Today Case did not back off the comments one bit.

"I believe if Hannemann is elected we're basically looking at a new dark age of control politics in Hawaii," said Case.

He says he once supported Hannemann, but realized he governs by fear and intimidation and attacks anyone who disagrees with him.

"I don't trust him. I don't believe he has the character traits and qualities that I want in my governor," said Case.

"This is negative campaigning at its worst. Ed Case's hateful email blast assassinates the character of Mufi Hannemann with accusations that are completely devoid of any facts," said Carolyn Tanaka, Hannemann Campaign Spokesperson.

The Hannemann campaign has its own beliefs as to why case is so angry with him.

"It's my understanding that when Ed Case was running against Sen. Daniel Akaka that he asked then Mayor Hannemann for his endorsement.  He did not get it and so one has to wonder if this email is one of philosophy or personal politics," said Tanaka.

"Well first of all it's a pretty classic Hannemann tactic to attack the messenger as opposed to focus on the message that's being brought by the messenger so it's typical Hannemann approach which is one of the main reasons why I just don't want him as my governor, I don't want to get attacked every time I disagree with him on a policy issue. Number two I never asked him for his endorsement in the U.S. Senate race in 2006 and number three Congressman Abercrombie opposed me pretty vigorously in that campaign and clearly whatever happened in '06 is not have any bearing on this race," said Case.

Case also endorsed Peter Carlisle for Honolulu Mayor saying the people should be worried if Hannemann became governor and his managing director Kirk Caldwell won as mayor.

"I think 90 percent of us would be directly excluded from government in Hawaii and we'd have a government that was run by ten percent for the ten percent," said Case.

"There are a lot of people in the Democratic Party and they are allowed to say what they want, although I'd prefer it was less about personality and more about the issues," said Dante Carpenter, Hawaii Democratic Party Chairman.

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