Linda Lingle, the onetime Hawaii governor who vetoed a civil-union bill last year, has thrown her unfashionable hat into the ring in a run for U.S. Senate. Honestly, how can someone who comes from a place where its sunny 361 days out of the year look so crabby and pale?
Lingle will “stress her chief executive experience in her campaign” against her two Democratic opponents— Rep. Mazie Hirono and former Rep. Ed Case—reports the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Senator Daniel Akaka, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election.
As Towleroad points out, Lingle wasn’t exactly a stellar logician when making the case against civil unions in the Aloha State. (Governor Neil Abercrombie signed civil unions into law earlier this year.)
“For those people who want to makes this into a civil rights issue, and of course those in favor of the bill, they see it as a civil rights issue. And I understand them drawing that conclusion. But people on the other side would point out… First cousins couldn’t marry, or a brother and a sister and that sort of thing. So there are restrictions, not to put it in the exact same category. But the bottom line is, it really can’t be a civil right if we are restricting it in other cases.”
Does Lingle realize first-cousin marriages are legal in 25 states and the District of Columbia?
Maybe she does: The state’s first female governor, Lingle is painting herself as something of a maverick. “I want to be real clear on this point: I don’t work for [Senate Minority Leader] Mitch McConnell, and for that matter I don’t work for President Obama. I work for the people of Hawaii,” she said on a radio call-in show.
Maverick, maverick…why does that word seem so familiar? Maybe it’s because Lingle introduced Sarah Palin at the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Oh Lord, please, not again.