Dear Friend,We knew we were looking at a tough race in Hawaii, with two Democrats and one Republican running in a winner-take-all special election, yet with former Congressman Ed Case it was clear which candidate would champion ocean conservation. Unfortunately, Case (28%) and fellow Democrat Colleen Hanabusa (31%) split their party's vote, and fell to the lone Republican, Charles Djou (39%). Defeats are never easy and we admit this stings. The good news is this fight is not over. Case has indicated he plans to fight for the Democratic nomination and it is likely the primary winner will win a two-way race in November in this overwhelmingly Democratic state.
As we are fond of saying - elections matter. There are broader lessons for the ocean community in this defeat. Ed Case was the only pro-environment, pro-ocean candidate in this election, but it takes hard work and a significant investment to raise the profile of ocean issues in an election, and to overcome traditional funding interests like labor unions and big business that aren't often concerned with ocean health. Ocean Champions has helped elect many of the strongest champions for the oceans in Congress. We can do even more for pro-ocean candidates, but only with your support.
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The next race on our radar is the June 8th Republican primary for CA-19, where ocean enemy #1, Richard Pombo is running. Pombo is a bad, bad guy for oceans, and we must defeat him. Depending on which poll you trust, he's running second or third, but he's been gaining in recent weeks. Help us ensure that Pombo doesn't return to Washington to, as he put it "finish the job I started". With the BP oil spill disaster getting worse by the day, the need to keep big oil puppets like Pombo out of Congress, and to help keep ocean champions in has never been more clear.
For the oceans,
The Ocean Champions Team