So what is former Gov. Linda Lingle up to these days? Apparently she’s out and about making appearances on the conservative side of the GOP fundraising circuit, but towards what end?
Earlier this year, the conservative site RedState.com essentially wrote off another Lingle run for the Senate seat now held by Brian Schatz.
On the Republican side, given her serious trouncing in 2012, it is highly doubtful that former GOP Governor Linda Lingle will give it another go. Instead, the most likely candidate will be Charles Djou, the former Congressman who served a shortened term, but lost in the general election.
She surfaced with other Republican heavies at a recent event in Florida.
On March 28th, Dr. Larry Kawa, an orthodontist in Boca Raton, Florida, hosted an event for American Courage PAC, a conservative PAC, of which he is President. It was an upscale private complimentary dinner paid for by the PAC. In his introduction of the keynote speaker, Ann Coulter, Dr. Kawa gave a presentation that has now become widely acclaimed as being “The Speech Someone Needed To Make.” Video link to the presentation: http://vimeo.com/63622812
He demonstrated in clear terms our overspending and clarified “FAIR SHARE,” which no one else has done. He shows that the problem is wasteful spending, not that the nation is undertaxed. He shows how this path is unsustainable and uses a PowerPoint presentation along with dominoes and cards to make the obvious points no one else has made…
Also in attendance were such notables as RNC co-chair Sharon Day, former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, and some of Palm Beach and the United States’ largest Republican donors and most passionate Party supporters. In response to his overwhelmingly positive feedback, he has offered to volunteer to give the same presentation at other venues for both Republicans and Democrats interested in this topic.
Kawa previously described Fox News host Sean Hannity as “my tutor,” according to a story last year in the Sun-Sentinal.
Lingle’s continued visibility on the GOP circuit got a back-handed mention on NBC News earlier this month:
Thursday night, after former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown refused to rule out a run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, national Democrats chuckled.
“Is it possible to quote someone laughing?” the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee’s national press secretary, Justin Barasky, asked.
The committee’s executive director, Guy Cecil, chimed in with a tongue-in-cheek tweet wondering, “if Linda Lingle would like the cold Colorado winters. She would make a great NRSC recruit there.” (Lingle, a former governor of Hawaii, ran unsuccessfully for a Senate seat in the Aloha State in 2012).
Meanwhile, MauiTime’s Anthony Pignataro noted Lingle’s appointment to something called the U.S. Energy Security Council.
I’m sorry–aren’t you familiar with the U.S. Energy Security Council (USESC to its close friends)? Well, according to its website (Usesc.org), it was formed way back in 2011, apparently to find a place to stick all our out-of-work white, male corporate and government officials. There are former defense secretaries (Harold Brown, William Perry), elected officials (Jeff Bingaman, Gary Hart), generals (Barry McCaffrey), Hawaii Superferry executives (John Lehman), Federal Reserve chairmen (Alan Greenspan), CIA directors (R. James Woolsey), Iran-Contra conspirators (Robert McFarlane) and Las Vegas Sands President Mike Leven, because apparently he’s in everything these days.
So what’s Lingle up to? And who is paying her expenses as she travels the country?