With just over a week to go before the Democratic primary, former congressman Ed Case is out with a negative television advertisement that questions whether U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono can do the job in the U.S. Senate.
The 30-second ad, entitled “The Facts,” uses comments from Star-Advertiser opinion columnist David Shapiro concluding that Hirono has had few accomplishments during her political career, from a Maui News endorsement of Case that claims Hirono would be part of the problem in Washington, D.C., and from MidWeek opinion columnist Bob Jones calling Hirono a “featherweight” who lost “big time” to former Gov. Linda Lingle in 2002.
It is the first negative ad purchased by one of the Senate candidates. Case, who trails Hirono by double-digits in the latest Hawaii Poll, has taken a more urgent tone over the past few weeks. He told a conservative group last week that his primary with Hirono was a “death match” against the Democratic political machine. He was also more aggressive in the final debate with Hirono last week than he had been in their previous four debates.
“Please check out our ad, think about it, and talk it over with your family and friends before you vote,” Case said in an email message to supporters late Thursday.