by Joan Shinn
HONOLULU (KHNL) - Late Monday afternoon, Republicans revealed their choice to run for U.S. Senate.
"We unanimously voted to appoint State Representative Cynthia Thielen to run for U.S. Senate," announced Sam Aiona, Republican Party chairman.
Key Republicans, including Governor Linda Lingle lent their support to the representative.
Theilen, a state lawmaker for 16 years, says this race against Senator Akaka has just begun.
"I'm not a place holder. I want you all to know I'm in it to win," said Thielen.
She asked supporters of Ed Case to now join her campaign.
"I can take it further than Ed Case. Ed Case could not weigh in with a Republican president and majority of Republicans, but I can do that," said the GOP senate candidate.
Thielen wants to work toward gaining national energy independence.
She said, "There's an obvious link between oil and terrorism and terrorism is the biggest threat to democracy our nation has ever faced."
She didn't clearly state her position on the war in iraq, but says she supports troop withdrawal.
According to Thielen, "I tremendously supportive of troops and i want to bring them home, but not until Iraq is stabilized."
With just over a month to prepare for the general election, Thielen will need to work fast to catch up.