Hawaii: Linda Lingle Explains Being Wooed to Run

March 11, 2012

By Kyle Trygstad, Roll Call

The story of how former Gov. Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii) decided to run for Senate in a year President Barack Obama tops the ballot dates back to the middle of her second term as governor.

That’s when National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) began recruiting Lingle, she said Wednesday in an interview with Roll Call.

Lingle was in Washington, D.C., this week on the tail end of a mainland fundraising swing she began on Feb. 16. She had an event in Baltimore on Wednesday night and will stop in San Diego today before heading back to Hawaii.

Despite declining Cornyn’s entreaties several times before leaving office at the end of 2010, the calls from Republican Senators increased considerably after Sen. Daniel Akaka (D) announced his retirement last March.

After that, calls poured in from Republican Sens. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), John Hoeven (N.D.) and Susan Collins (Maine) urging Lingle to consider a bid. In June, the NRSC set up meetings on Capitol Hill for Lingle to discuss running in a Democratic-leaning state with Republican Senators in similar situations, including Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Scott Brown (Mass.).

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