By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa met with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Thursday to discuss a potential primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.
The Washington Post's Post Politics blog reported that the DSCC has not said whether it would back Schatz in a hypothetical primary against Hanabusa, although U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., the DSCC chairman, and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, have financially supported Schatz's campaign.
A source had informed the Star-Advertiser last week that the DSCC would be backing Schatz.
The DSCC has not returned telephone calls seeking comment.
But two sources who were briefed on the Thursday meeting told the Star-Advertiser that Hanabusa told the DSCC that she is still undecided about whether to run against Schatz or in the primary against Gov. Neil Abercrombie.
One of the sources said Hanabusa told the DSCC that she would have the backing of former allies to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye if she ran for Senate and considered a Senate primary easier than a potential primary for governor.
One of the sources also said that Hanabusa was told that the DSCC would be supporting Schatz. The other source, however, said the DSCC only indicated that the DSCC typically supports incumbent senators.
Schatz was appointed by Abercrombie in December to replace Inouye. The late senator had urged the governor before he died to select Hanabusa as his replacement.