Political Radar


March 7th, 2013

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.

4 Responses to “Received”

  1. Kolea:

    I understand AFSCME held a similar fundraiser for Tulsi Gabbard a few weeks ago in D.C.. What happens if Tulsi's ambitions drives her to run against Schatz for the US Senate seat? Where will AFSCME (and HGEA) line up? If we look at Tusli's history, she doesn't bother staying in one office very long before trying to leapfrog into a higher office.

    I HOPE she remains in Congress and develops an actual legislative record of accomplishments before she tries for the Senate. But given the Hollywood-style way in which the too many in the Democratic establishment have fawned over her, I suspect her ambition will win out over prudence. AFSCME could play a role in urging her to stay in one place for a few spins of the Earth around the sun. Learn the job, prove yourself beyond the strength of your image. THEN, move on.

  2. ohiaforest3400:

    Couldn't agree more, Kolea. The brevity of her stay in any particular office is matched only by the paucity of her legislative accomplishments. So far, she has demonstrated no more talent at what she does than Paris Hilton has at what she does; they are both famous for being famous, and nothing else. I hope still to see her DO something other than PURSUE something else.

  3. Rainwar:

    ohia obviously hasn't seen the video.

  4. Especially Incognito:

    Now Governor Abercrombie can run for re-election.

    Still there is DOMA.

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