By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is circulating a video reminding voters that former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka is supporting her in the Democratic primary over U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.
Akaka was one of several prominent Hawaii political, business and judicial leaders to back Hanabusa at a July event at Bishop Museum.
Akaka has been reluctant to get involved in primary campaigns. The senator stayed neutral in the primary last year between then-U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono and former congressman Ed Case to replace him in the Senate, even though Case had unsuccessfully challenged him in the primary in 2006.
Both Akaka and the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye had publicly backed Hanabusa over Case in a special election for Congress in 2010 that was won by former congressman Charles Djou.
Inouye had recommended that Gov. Neil Abercrombie appoint Hanabusa as his successor. The governor instead chose Schatz.