By Derrick DePledge
The political arms of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the AFL-CIO are hosting a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz later this month in Washington, D.C.
The March 20 reception at Johnny's Half Shell features Randy Perreira, the executive director of the Hawaii Government Employees Association and the president of the Hawaii AFL-CIO, as a special guest.
Insiders note that the labor interests have been supportive of U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is considering primary campaigns next year against Schatz or Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
Schatz, appointed in December over Hanabusa to replace the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, is trying to put up an impressive fundraising number in his first quarterly campaign-finance report in April to ward off potential challengers.