Hawaii Sen. Daniel Akaka won’t seek re-election

Hawaii Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka will not seek re-election in 2012, the fifth Democratic or Democratic aligned incumbent to bow out already this election cycle.

“After months of thinking about my political future, I am announcing today that I have decided not to run for re-election in 2012,” Akaka said in a statement. “As many of you can imagine, it was a very difficult decision for me. However, I feel that the end of this Congress is the right time for me to step aside.”

Akaka, who is 86 years old, had been regarded by both parties as a potential retiree and his meager fundraising — he collected less than $2,000 in the final three months of 2010 — only added to that sense.

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  • oldguy5

    Being an old fart myself, its about time all of them over 70 left the government. Its a young world and old farts should not be ruining it.

    Term limits and age limits should be instituted.

  • jomo2009

    Former Gov. Linda Lingle is the GOP’s only hope to take this seat.

  • ojfl

    Well, given that Hawaii seems to have booted most of the Republicans from office this past year it is safe to assume this seat will not flip.

    • oldguy5

      You never know, maybe the folks in Hawaii will wake up from paradise one day and see what a mess their boy has caused.

      You gotta have hope. Hell, we may even get a fiscal conservative democrat, if there is such a thing.