By Derrick DePledge
The National Republican Senatorial Committee on Thursday engaged in some trash talk on Twitter about the Hawaii U.S. Senate race.
From the NRSC's Brad Dayspring:
Dems are going to regret laughing about Hawaii when they're spending millions there in September 2014 to hold the Senate seat.
Asked whether the NRSC has a candidate, Dayspring responded via email: "The Democratic primary is personal and ugly, voters deserve a choice."
The only Republican to publicly show interest in the race is Cam Cavasso, a conservative former state lawmaker who has lost several campaigns. Former U.S. Rep. Charles Djou and former Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona are the GOP's only brand-name prospects, and they have been linked to potential campaigns for Congress or governor.
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa are competing in the Democratic primary to fill out the remaining two years in the term of the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. Schatz was appointed to replace Inouye in December.
"Right now, Cam Cavasso is the only one who has declared," said David Chang, the state GOP chairman, who added that he is not aware of any other prospects.
Democratic strategists note that the NRSC did not invest in independent expenditures in Hawaii last year for former Gov. Linda Lingle, who was considered a competitive candidate for U.S. Senate but lost by double digits to U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono.