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DCCC pulls out of Hawaii free for all

It's official: The DCCC will be pulling out of the Hawaii special House election, a free-for-all with two Dems and one Republican, because neither Dem will agree to pull out of the race.

DCCC spokesperson Jennifer Crider emails:

"The DCCC will not be investing additional resources in the HI-01 (Abercrombie-open) special election. Local Democrats were unable to work out their differences. The DCCC will save the resources we would have invested in the Hawaii special election this month for the general election in November."

Former Rep. Ed Case remains the DCCC's choice, and Dem Colleen Hanabusa is the pick of labor and Hawaii's two Senators. The standoff had raised fears that the race could shape up as a liberal-nightmare of NY 23, with the Dem candidates splitting the Dem vote and handing the race to the Republican, Charles Djou.

As a result, Washington Dems had hoped to figure out a way of getting Hanabusa out of the race, but as this statement above shows, she's not going anywhere, and the DCCC has given up on getting her out. So the DCCC is pretty much writing off the contest and focusing resources elsewhere.

By Greg Sargent  |  May 10, 2010; 11:07 AM ET
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Better DCCC response would be to focus on cutting down the Republican, and leaving the Dem candidates alone altogether. I remember reading that this was their original approach, and feel they should have stuck with it and been as aggressive with it as possible.

Posted by: holyhandgrenaid | May 10, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why we are concerned with elections in Hawaii. After all they are not even citizens of the U.S. right? At least Hawaiians are unable to prove they are citizens because a fourth of our nation doesn't believe Hawaii's Certificate of Birth.

Posted by: rukidding7 | May 10, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

RUK, headline edit:

It's official: DCCC pulls out of election free for all in alleged state of Hawaii

Posted by: Ethan2010 | May 10, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

What is washington dems problem? Support the candidate that both dem senators and HI local labor leaders want or stay out all together. Pushing a divisive candidate not supported by the state's congressional delegation only weakens the dem brand.

Posted by: srw3 | May 10, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Why was the DCCC even there in the first place? Since when is it the national party's place to put their thumb on the scales in what should be a decision left TOTALLY to Hawaiian voters? That kind of paternalism is no more palatable from the left than it is from the right.

Posted by: Gasman1 | May 10, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

doesn't really matter who wins the special election. A Dem will win the general in Nov. The R brand in Hi right now is horrible,thanks to the R Gov.

Posted by: lyndenmcphee | May 10, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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