By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz on Wednesday picked up the endorsement of the League of Conservation Voters, a national environmental advocacy group.
Schatz, who was appointed to the Senate in December to replace the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, has been courting early endorsements for his election campaign next year. He was endorsed earlier this month by the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly.
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has said she is considering potential primary challenges to Schatz or Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski said in a statement that Schatz is a leader on issues such as climate change.
Brian Schatz is a lifelong environmentalist and a proven leader on climate change policy. He has championed clean energy initiatives that have put Hawaii at the forefront of utilizing renewable energy and reducing dependence on petroleum. We will need his continued leadership in the U.S. Senate.