Political Radar

Harkin endorsement

July 16th, 2013

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz is touting the endorsement of another Senate colleague.

In a campaign fundraising email sent Tuesday, Schatz announced the endorsement of Iowa Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, who's retiring at the end of his term.

A message from Harkin, shared by the campaign, said:

"Since he came to the Senate, Brian has continued to stand up for progressive causes. I've worked with him closely on a number of critical issues, from student loans to clean energy to raising the minimum wage, and I've seen what he can get done. I know how he will fight for our values, and I know how badly the Senate needs him in 2014."

Schatz, appointed to the seat last year, faces U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the 2014 Democratic primary to finish the remaining two years in the term of the late U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye.

Other Senate Democrats who have backed Schatz's campaign include Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and Majority Whip U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois).

6 Responses to “Harkin endorsement”

  1. Goober:

    Vote none of the above.

  2. Manoa Kahuna:

    If this keeps up Hanabusa will probably decide she likes the House of Representatives after all.

  3. galekaminari:

    Why would Rep. Hanabusa care about whether Sen. Harkin likes Sen. Schatz better or not, when Sen. Harkin will not be there after the election? The DSCC already decided to back the appointed Sen. Schatz, particularly since the chair of the DSCC is also an appointed senator. So, why is any of the incumbent endorsement stuff new or news?

    MK, while reportedly some columnists are whispering rather loudly that Rep. Hanabusa should consider staying in place, I just don't see it happening.

  4. ohiaforest3400:

    galekaminari, you and I be tinkin' wit da same brain.

  5. ohiaforest3400:

    In any event, touting the endorsement of the soon to be ex-senator Tom is just an attempt to Harkin back to the good old days that were never so good in the first place and are over for good.

  6. Goober:

    Figured there was only one brain.

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