Another thing that pisses me off about Senator Daniel Akaka is that he voted to allow arctic drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge:
"Hawai'i's senators aligned themselves with Republicans in the Senate yesterday in a historic 51-49 vote to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.
Democratic Sens. Dan Inouye and Daniel Akaka were joined by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in the coalition with 48 Republicans to override an attempt by other Democrats and moderate Republicans to remove a provision in next year's budget that would allow drilling in the refuge."
Seen at http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Mar/17/ln/ln25p.html
Then in the roll call Akaka voted "Nay" which opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to arctic drilling:
Seen here: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00052
Someone in today's newspaper pointed this out:
It's time for Akaka to step aside
Senator Akaka is a good man for whom I have voted. But at the age of 81, it really is time for him to step aside. The most surprising thing about Ed Case's move is that it surprised Senator Inouye.
Oh yes, and about both Hawaii senators voting for Arctic drilling -- their votes clearly were against the wishes of their constituents. That wasn't OK.
Seen at http://starbulletin.com/2006/01/25/editorial/letters.html
Therefore my mana o is that Senator Akaka does not deserve to be re-elected. Why? Because as a senator... he didn't listen to the will of the people regarding drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge which is a threat to everyone nor does/did he listen to Hawaiians regarding the Akaka Bill. Just saying.
My vote for Senator Daniel Akaka: Thumbs down... even if he is Hawaiian too.