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Ed Case joins Outrigger, won't run for political office

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:54 p.m. HST, Jul 12, 2013

Former congressman Ed Case told supporters today that he has taken a job at Outrigger Enterprises Group as senior vice president and chief legal officer, which likely will end his political career.

Case, who lost campaigns for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate over the past seven years, has been mentioned as a potential candidate for urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is vacating the seat to challenge U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary for Senate.

Case told supporters he would not run for public office while at Outrigger. "Since I hope that's a long time, this likely ends any further political career," he wrote. "But I fully intend to continue to participate in the public life of our Hawaii and country and look forward to those opportunities.

"To each of you who's supported and voted for me throughout my political endeavors, I again extend my humblest and most heartfelt mahalo. We truly have made a lasting difference together, and words do not express my gratitude. I urge you to stay involved as we all need you, and Audrey and I truly look forward to staying in touch and to helping you along your own paths.

"To those who've listened and considered, I deeply appreciate you. And if we've disagreed, e kala mai - please forgive me; I meant no offense, and thank you for caring."

Case, an attorney at Bays, Lung, Rose and Holma, represented the rural Oahu and Neighbor Island 2nd Congressional District from 2002 to 2007.

Case will manage legal affairs for Outrigger Enterprises Group, including assisting with the acquisition, development and management of real estate assets, supporting the company’s hotel and condominium management business, and overseeing internal and external legal matters.

He will replace Donna Leong, who was chosen by Mayor Kirk Caldwell in May to serve as Honolulu’s corporate counsel. 

“We are fortunate to have someone of Ed’s tremendous caliber and reputation join our Outrigger team,” said David Carey, president and CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group. “His extensive experience in real estate and property law, coupled with his insights gained as a former U.S. congressman and Hawaii state representative and his deep understanding of our community, make for an outstanding addition to our executive team. Ed’s experience working with foreign companies is also a plus, given our continued expansion beyond Hawaii’s shores.”

“I am truly honored to join such a legendary and dynamic company like Outrigger that is mounting a visionary expansion throughout the Pacific and Asia under David Carey’s leadership,” Case said in a news release. “Like so many local residents, I practically grew up with Outrigger, so it is especially gratifying for me to now be part of a company that is synonymous with Hawaii and a team that’s helping to take this iconic company into an exciting new era.”

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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Our loss. He was spot on right about the need to replace Akaka earlier to gain seniority. Good luck at O-Rigger.
on July 12,2013 | 01:04PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
I agree and second the sentiment.
on July 12,2013 | 01:35PM
what wrote:
Yes, this is a loss. He was a small departure from the pro-union tax-and-spend Democrat that is ruining Hawaii.
on July 12,2013 | 01:49PM
allie wrote:
well said "small departure"
on July 12,2013 | 03:25PM
hanalei395 wrote:
YOUR loss. The people of Hawai'i didn't want this Republican in disguise.
on July 12,2013 | 02:44PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
there you go mouthing off again. try showing some smarts instead of your racist bias.
you really show how ignorant you really are.
on July 12,2013 | 03:45PM
hanalei395 wrote:
This weird stalker, who follows me around, is mad because the majority of the people of Hawai'i didn't want this Republican in disguise .... Ed Case. And the stalker blames me for it.
on July 12,2013 | 04:18PM
DAGR81 wrote:
The majority of the people of Hawaii made a big misstate...not the first time and certainly not the last time. That's just how it is.
on July 12,2013 | 05:31PM
hanalei395 wrote:
The usual "excuse" for POOR LOSERS, (the minority of the people of Hawai'i), ......"big mistake".
on July 12,2013 | 05:49PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Hanalei, you are one dumb dude.
on July 12,2013 | 06:27PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Hey, dum-dum .... how do YOU spell "mistake"?
on July 12,2013 | 06:45PM
lynnh wrote:
Do you really believe that Hawaii is winning with the people that keep getter elected? What does it take to wake your sorry @#$ up?
on July 13,2013 | 02:17AM
lynnh wrote:
I got news for you... he was no republican in disguise! Not even close.
on July 13,2013 | 02:21AM
Skyler wrote:
Republicans aren't a race last I checked.
on July 12,2013 | 10:13PM
Kapakahi wrote:
Hanalei, Look at who is singing Ed's praises here. While not all are Republicans, most are. Ed was good on environmental matters and equal rights for women and gays. Good for him. He was bad on foreign policy matters and economics. So long as the Republicans keep one eye closed, they like what they saw. He was truly the Republicans' favorite Democrat.
on July 12,2013 | 05:14PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Not just their favorite Democrat. Ed Case was the Republicans' ONLY hope.
on July 12,2013 | 05:31PM
DAGR81 wrote:
You are still one dumb dude.
on July 12,2013 | 08:50PM
waianae94 wrote:
He was trying to oust Akaka, and lost the public's respect. That ended his political career.
on July 12,2013 | 10:47PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
SA.....how do you know Hanabusa is vacating her seat to run for the senate? When did she announce that? Cite your source. As far as we know, her name will be on the primary ballot for the senate and the congress. Technically, she can run for senate, lose the primary and still be a candidate for reelection to congress. The fact that she doesn't have the balls to vacate her seat and spend all her time campaigning for the senate speaks volumes.
on July 12,2013 | 01:18PM
Imagen wrote:
Aaaahhh read the paper Dude! She raised like $500K plus for her campaign. I don't think that was for her new PV system, but with her, you just cannot tell...
on July 12,2013 | 01:41PM
Kapakahi wrote:
Surfer_Dude, You may feel certain, but you are certainly wrong. She can only run for one office, the Senate or for Congress. Not both. She has to chose and then file her papers. "Technically," she CANNOT "run for senate, lose the primary and still be a candidate for reelection to congress."

Your comment about her lack of "balls" just further exposes your ignorance. Seriously, can we try to elevate the caliber of the discussion?

on July 12,2013 | 04:26PM
mitt_grund wrote:
As a matter of fact, Representative Paul Ryan ran for both VP and his House seat, so it may be that Hanabusa can do the same. Ryan was a shoo-in as Representative.
on July 12,2013 | 05:01PM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Kapakahi......do your political homework before you comment. Hanabusa can run for the senate and not give up her seat in congress if she loses the primary. Conversely, if Schatz loses the primary, he can run for hanabusa's congressional seat. Politics 101 dude. Did you skip class that day? Senator John McCain ran for president, lost and did not give up his senate seat. Representative Paul Ryan ran for Vice President, lost, but still won his congressional seat. Senator Robert Dole resigned from the senate during his presidential bid. If Hanabusa had the "balls" and the courage of her convictions, she would resign from congress today and be a full time senate candidate instead of having her congressional seat as a backup in case things don't work out for her.
on July 12,2013 | 08:31PM
Kapakahi wrote:
Surfer_Dude, Please share YOUR homework. That fact is, you are wrong. The fact someone can run for president or vice-president while also running for Congress is the EXCEPTION. Not sure if facts will have an influence on your opinions, but you may remember, back in 2008, Kirk Caldwell's snafu when trying to switch the seat he was seeking? He was running for re-election to the House, but tried to switch to running for the City Council at the last minute. He made two mistakes. First, he failed to properly withdraw from the House race. Second, he failed to get enough qualified signatures on his filing papers. (At least one signature was disqualified).

Either problem was enough to disqualify him from running for the council. Because he was already legally running for the House, his filing for the council was invalid, as one can only be on the ballot for one office in Hawaii.

I get that you are poorly informed. What I don't understand is how you are so unaware of how poorly informed you are and your insistence you are right, despite your CLEAR lack of knowledge. Google is your friend. Colleen Hanbusa cannot be a candidate for both the US House and the US Senate. That is definitely the law in Hawaii and I strongly believe that is also the law in all 50 states. If you can find ONE example of someone who has run for both offices at the same time in any of the 50 states, please share the example and I will apologize for calling you ignorant.

Colleen Hanbusa has more "balls" than you will ever have. While it appears unlikely, she may very well decide to drop back to the House race. But she cannot lose the primary for the Senate and still run for the House. She can only file as a candidate for ONE of those offices. Please do some research before coming back to insist I am wrong on this. You are only digging yourself into a deeper hole.

on July 13,2013 | 08:09AM
DAGR81 wrote:
You are right...she doesn't have any balls.
on July 12,2013 | 05:29PM
msjoann wrote:
I'm going to miss voting for you Ed and seeing you on the campaign trail. I remember first meeting you in October 2006 in your office in the halls of Congress. The very best to you and Audrey as you take on this new journey in your life. "Beyond every cloud there is a rainbow" and this is your rainbow for now. Perhaps some day you may return to political life and you can surely count on my vote!! Take care!
on July 12,2013 | 01:23PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
I agree with this post, too. I have and would have voted for Mr. Case again.
on July 12,2013 | 01:36PM
allie wrote:
He is a decent guy. No whiz kid but decent. He is getting on in age and likely will not run again. I think after a number of defeats, a person needs to find another career. Mufi is going through the same introspection.
on July 12,2013 | 02:30PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Most.days you are very difficult to tolerate, and this is one of those days.
on July 12,2013 | 11:12PM
lynnh wrote:
Well, she is right (except for the age thing). but, after a number of defeats, if I were Case I would be saying "these voters are so dumb that they are not worth the effort anymore. I got better things to do than be part of this state self destructing."
on July 13,2013 | 02:25AM
Skyler wrote:
on July 12,2013 | 01:25PM
kukui_nut wrote:
Case has more to offer than anyone Hawaii has in DC right now. Oh well.
on July 12,2013 | 01:49PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Totally agree.
on July 12,2013 | 05:27PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Absolutely NO Republicans from Hawai'i in Congress in the foreseeable future. "Oh well".
on July 12,2013 | 06:38PM
kukui_nut wrote:
Uh, Case is a democrat.
on July 12,2013 | 07:59PM
hanalei395 wrote:
"Uh" ......NO S##T?
on July 12,2013 | 08:12PM
Opelu wrote:
What's with the E Kala Mai stuff ? No Can !!
on July 12,2013 | 01:52PM
eljay wrote:
so sad he tried to break out of the "old boy" network and was summarily punished by the Dem party sad I liked him and had hoped to vote for him again
on July 12,2013 | 02:04PM
allie wrote:
true..especially Uncle Dan who pulled the nasty strings behind the scene. You play ball out here or you get punished.
on July 12,2013 | 02:31PM
false wrote:
All the pyscho democrats must be so happy.
on July 12,2013 | 02:09PM
hanalei395 wrote:
And YOU must be happy calling the majority of the people of Hawai'i ... "psycho".
on July 12,2013 | 03:31PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Hanalei, you are "PSYCHO"!
on July 12,2013 | 06:32PM
hanalei395 wrote:
A simpleton comes to false's aid.
on July 12,2013 | 07:18PM
DAGR81 wrote:
You are still one dumb dude. Good night.
on July 12,2013 | 08:53PM
64hoo wrote:
the majority of the people in Hawaii are psycho they vote them in every year for the last 50 years or so,the dumbocrats have ruined this state for over 50 years. let the republicans in and see how they would do. I bet they would not make it worse than it is now.
on July 12,2013 | 09:33PM
islandmom wrote:
If Ed is reading this, I hope that he knows that many people here do respect him and his service. Whether you voted for him or not, he was right years ago when he said we should have been looking ahead and planning for a loss of seniority in the senate. I have never met him, but think that he wanted to do the right thing for Hawaii and now we have all lost him to the private sector for good. Can't blame him since he did try to get back and we as a community didn't vote him in.
on July 12,2013 | 02:20PM
allie wrote:
fair assessment...decent dude overall
on July 12,2013 | 02:31PM
Watergate_Mike wrote:
However, it is important to note how hand-in-glove the real estate developers and politicians are nowadays.
on July 12,2013 | 02:29PM
Mythman wrote:
Why in the world would someone change from a great corporation like Outrigger to a crummy outfit like the C&C of Honolulu? Something isn't right about that......
on July 12,2013 | 02:59PM
allie wrote:
hugs her mythman just because, well, he is our mythman!
on July 12,2013 | 03:27PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Our loss, He had the foresight and courage to challenge the status quo. He challenged Akaka for all the right reasons.
on July 12,2013 | 03:45PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Running for the Republicans as a "Democrat" ....is NOT "for all the right reasons".
on July 12,2013 | 06:19PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Hanalei, think before you post stupid comments.
on July 12,2013 | 06:34PM
hanalei395 wrote:
I responded to a stupid comment posted by a simpleton, DAGR, who can't think.
on July 12,2013 | 07:26PM
DAGR81 wrote:
I repeat,..try thinking before posting you simpleton remarks.
on July 12,2013 | 09:17PM
lynnh wrote:
Pull a trigger on yourself already.
on July 13,2013 | 02:27AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
"Case told supporters he would not run for public office while at Outrigger. "Since I hope that's a long time, this likely ends any further political career"...Mr. Case's political career ended when he decided to challenge Senator Akaka...from then on he was more or less a pariah and became a non electable candidate in this State.....
on July 12,2013 | 04:11PM
iwanaknow wrote:
And his starting pay will be????
on July 12,2013 | 04:37PM
DAGR81 wrote:
What's it to you? Does it matter?
on July 12,2013 | 05:26PM
SOLID3 wrote:
Resident is spot on. He should have waited as he was told to do and then his turn would have come. That's how it works in politics, just ask Mufi. God Bless.
on July 12,2013 | 07:12PM
Kapaho wrote:
Smart decision. His political career ended when he decided to run against Senator Dan Akaka.
on July 12,2013 | 07:34PM
hanalei395 wrote:
And it also ended the ONLY HOPE of the Republican Party.
on July 12,2013 | 08:00PM
DAGR81 wrote:
Why are you so afraid of the republicans? Are you not capable of caring for yourself?
on July 12,2013 | 08:59PM
pauliboy wrote:
He gambled by running against Akaka and cited transition of leadership. That decision hurt his chances forever. Sorry Ed, I really like supporting you all these years. Good luck!
on July 12,2013 | 08:34PM
usahwn wrote:
Good Luck & Best Wishes;
on July 12,2013 | 09:12PM
78R8R wrote:
Big loss, he's way smarter and a better choice than Hanabusa and Schatz.
on July 12,2013 | 09:29PM
Kapakahi wrote:
I know and have had extended conversations with all three. Ed Case, Colleen Hanabusa and Brian Schatz have comparable intelligence. They are all "smart." None has struck me as "brilliant." Of the three, Ed has the greatest tendency to try to promote himself as being smart. During campaigns, he would repeatedly refer to himself as "a national leader." For the 2006 Senate campaign, he taped a series of lectures on the Mega-Challenges facing America and the world. It was embarrassing to watch and it quickly disappeared. If anyone can find a copy, please post that info here.
on July 13,2013 | 08:19AM
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