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September 12, 2006

Dear Friend,


It’s our pleasure to shine a light this week on two rising stars in the ocean world (“Sea-Stars”, if you’ll pardon the expression): Kathy Castor from Florida and Rep. Ed Case from Hawaii.

castorLast week, with the support of Ocean Champions, Kathy Castor won her primary to become the Democratic nominee for Florida’s 11th Congressional district, which includes most of Tampa.

Castor has been a consistent opponent of runaway development along the Gulf Coast and has come out strongly against lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling. She is a dynamic and exciting personality who really understands politics (her mother is former state Education Commissioner Betty Castor, who was endorsed by Ocean Champions and narrowly lost a race for U.S. Senate in 2004) -- and Kathy Castor has pledged to seek a seat on the most important committee for the oceans if elected. She appears to be cruising to victory in November and promises to be a great “Ocean Champion.”

CaseSo too for Rep. Ed Case (D-Hi.), who is looking to move up to the Senate by defeating incumbent Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hi.) in the Hawaii primary on Saturday, September 23rd. Rep. Case has a very difficult task – defeating an incumbent is never easy – but he has a legitimate shot, and would be a tremendous champion in the Senate.

The Hawaii primary is coming up fast. Your donation at this critical time could make the difference in our efforts to elect another champion for the oceans to the Senate in November:

http://www.edcase.com/senate/contribute.php


Why are we so crazy about Rep. Ed Case? Here’s an excerpt from a letter to the editor we sent to Hawaii’s largest newspaper this week:

In his time in the House, Rep. Case has defined leadership when it comes to protecting the oceans -- the lifeblood of Hawaii and all Hawaiians.

Rep. Case was the first federal official in Hawaii to support protection of the Northwest Hawaiian Islands, and introduced legislation that became the model for the President’s monument designation. He has introduced a comprehensive coral reef protection bill, fought for strong fisheries conservation legislation, and consistently opposed lifting the moratorium on new offshore oil drilling.

By contrast, Sen. Akaka has been the “nowhere man” on these issues, and has shown absolutely no leadership in protecting the ocean resources which are so critical to the economy, lifestyle and spirit of Hawaii.


Polls show that Rep. Case can take this seat, but he needs your help. Please make a contribution to his campaign today:

http://www.edcase.com/senate/contribute.php


As the first national conservation organization dedicated to building political leadership for the oceans, our decision to endorse Rep. Case was an easy one. He’ll be a great “Ocean Champion,” but only if we can help him get to the next level. Please support him today:

http://www.edcase.com/senate/contribute.php



For the oceans,

Jack K. Sterne, Esq.
Executive Director
jack@oceanchampions.org


David Wilmot, Ph.D.
President
dave@oceanchampions.org



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