There’s nationwide focus on former Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle's Senate candidacy, and Lingle — like other leading U.S. Senate candidates in Hawaii — has done her fair share of campaigning on the mainland.
But she’s skipping the Republican National Convention in Florida on Aug. 27. A campaign spokesman told DC808 that Lingle will be “at home campaigning at that time.”
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has made Lingle’s 2008 appearance at the Republican National Convention a major theme in its criticisms of Lingle. The former governor is running on a platform of bipartisanship, but opponents argue she’s an unwavering Republican.
No word yet from Democratic rivals Mazie Hirono or Ed Case on whether they plan to attend their party’s convention. It’s set for Sept. 4, after the Hawaii primary election.