The Honolulu Star-Advertiser spots the presence of Hawaii Democratic Sens. Daniel Akaka and Daniel Inouye at a fundraiser for Rep. Mazie Hirono on Thursday.
Neither has officially endorsed in the race. "Sen Akaka is not making any endorsement at this time," said Akaka spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke. Inouye said in April (just after former Rep. Ed Case declared, but before Hirono did) that he "will not take sides in the primary."
The extent to which Democratic establishment figures and groups are encouraging (or protecting) Hirono is becoming clearer. When Case released a poll showing him performing better against possible Republican candidate Linda Lingle, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee immediately pushed back, saying their own numbers showed Hirono faring much better.
Given Case's own rocky past with Akaka and Inouye, it's not as if everyone expects the two to rally to his side in a contested primary.
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