Political Radar


April 8th, 2013

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has endorsed U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz's election campaign next year.

Schatz has been fundraising and securing endorsements while other Democrats, particularly U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, consider challenging him in the primary.

Schatz has previously been endorsed by the Hawaii Building and Construction Trades Council, the League of Conservation Voters, and the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly.

Schatz was appointed in December to replace the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. He is up for election next year to fill out the remainder of Inouye's six-year term, which runs through 2016.

From Brian Ahakuelo, the IBEW Local 1260's business manager and financial secretary:

I fully supported Governor Abercrombie’s decision to appoint Senator Schatz to the U.S. Senate. Sen. Schatz has the passion and energy to be a very strong voice for the State of Hawaii for many years to come.

We will always be thankful for the vision and leadership of Sen. Inouye.  I also believe that Senator Schatz will be a strong advocate for our State as we move forward.   Senator Schatz will uphold the values and compassion that Senator Inouye was known for, but he will also establish his own track record – to fight for our State, to strengthen our Middle Class, to work for a better Hawaii, a better Country and stronger Labor Unions across Hawaii and this nation.

8 Responses to “Electric”

  1. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Schatz is going to forever be owing his political career to Abercrombie and his faction of the Democratic Party. That means Schatz will do what he is told to do, not what is in the best interest of the people of Hawaii. We do not need to have an Abercrombie puppet as a US Senator. For all the endorsements Schatz has received, remember that this represents less than 5,000 members of these "organizations" and unions. There isn't an overwhelming surge of support for Schatz.

    As David Shapiro pointed out in his column this past Sunday, "Linda Kwok Schatz, wife of U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, promised at his campaign kickoff that she won't let him get caught up in rattling cages or seeking the limelight. You've got to admire how she comes right out and says what she tells him to think." You can see that Schatz doesn't even have an independent thought even in his own home, so what makes anyone think he will even consider what the people of Hawaii want.

  2. hipoli:

    I'll tell you what I can see? That you, very obviously, do not know Senator Schatz -- or his wife. Or seen him when hes doting over his two beautiful children. Hes a truly loving husband and father. And I can see you have never observed them together, as a couple, nor when Senator is hanging out with his very awesome father, mother, and siblings. Senator is very much part of a real family - one that talks a lot, shares a lot, and above all, loves each other so much. Does Brian respect his very intelligent wife? He sure does. Do they have a partnership? The best of best. Does Brian go off every day to do his job, with his family in his heart? Yes, he does. And these are bad things in your book, Manoa? I think having such a loved and loving man as my Senator is EXACTLY the leader and generational role model I want for right now and the next generation to look up too and aspire towards. Yes, Dave made a funny joke -- but it was just that. Brian's reality is far sweeter, selfless, and definitely unusual for the normally jaded, lonely, and egotistical world of politics.

  3. Auto de Fe:

    Does Brian's mommy still pack his lunch?
    Have you ever noticed his close resemblance to Alfred E Newman?

  4. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Well boo hoo for poor little boy Schatz. Does he have to have his hand held when he crosses the street, too? It is a very tough business he is in, now. If he isn't man enough to take the rough and tumble treatment from constituents, lobbyists, politicians and his family, then he better take another do nothing job like Lt. Gov. where he can hide behind Abercrombie's skirts.

  5. Especially Incognito:

    See what happens when one who is without breath lets out
    their breath. Only air and VOG.

    Their personnel life is not my concern on what they do or don't.
    What a public figure in public that concerns me. I see nothing
    to be impressed by.

  6. Sayer:

    I think these early endorsements make Schatz look weak, not strong. People already don't know him or trust him that much and it just makes it seem like he's spending his time campaigning already instead of plowing in on the issues. He was only sworn in 4 months ago. I think it's tacky to be trotting out endorsements this early.

  7. hipoli:

    Manoa_Fisherman, et al:
    I get it. Cant get the man on issues, so lets go for his youthfulness? That the strategy? Careful. Some might begin to term that 'bullying'. And we all know how that goes. Let me know when youre ready to be polite and respectful human beings.

    But if you want to talk 'rough and tumble treatment' of politics, can you please not forget that the man backed Obama when he was just an almost-no-body-black-man-from-Hawaii-in-Chicago, while the rest of us played catch-up. Then, he stepped down from his job as CEO of a non-profit to take on the rough and tumble LG race with a large field of 7 candidates - and smoked 'um. He took the LGs office from Gov-smiling-fill-in-position (or as you termed it 'do nothing job'), to doing something - actual meaningful government work, a lot of it non-glamorous and non-media-attention-grabbing but that moved priority issues.

    The different endorsements that are coming in now are simply laying the groundwork for the campaign. And, its certainly starting to build towards being an awesome campaign for Hawaii. Im super excited!

  8. Goober:

    Test tube babies like Auto de Fe, don't know what real parents are.

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