By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa was endorsed on Tuesday by EMILY's List, the national political action committee that helps elect Democratic women who favor abortion rights.
The endorsement could help Hanabusa with national fundraising in her Democratic primary campaign next year against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.
EMILY's List supported U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono over former congressman Ed Case in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate last year, as well as U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard over former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District, which covers rural Oahu and the neighbor islands.
EMILY's List, in a statement on the Hanabusa endorsement, said that if Hanabusa wins next year, Hawaii would be the fourth state with two women senators.
From Stephanie Schriock, EMILY's List president:
Colleen Hanabusa is an experienced progressive champion who has spent her career serving the people of Hawaii with passion and integrity. She’s a glass ceiling breaker who was the first woman in Hawaii, and first Asian American woman in the country, to lead a state legislative chamber.
Hawaii has a rich tradition of women’s leadership and EMILY’s List is proud to have helped Colleen be a part of it.
Now the EMILY’s List community is ready to fight for her every step of the way so that she can take her place as a senator from Hawaii. Colleen is the right choice for women and families in Hawaii, and EMILY’s List won’t stop until she shatters yet another glass ceiling by making Hawaii the fourth state to send two women to the United States Senate.