Political Radar


August 2nd, 2013

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.

4 Responses to “DKA”

  1. Especially Incognito:

    Schatz is out of the race for Governor in which Governor Abercrombie
    wants to run for office again.

    Case closed and not running.

    hannbusa has to get re-elected and will deal again I say with, lingle and
    Djou. All comments are connected.
    Ex-Senator Akaka wants the Akaka Bill to pass in his name and for Native Hawaiians.

  2. Kolea:

    It is disappointing to watch Senator Akaka campaigning for Hanabusa. FOr many years, Senator Akaka stood above the divisions of faction within the Democratic Party. That was part of his charm. A "Man of Aloha," above it all. Now the goodwill he has earned is being squandered as if he is just another member of the Old Boy Network, determined to ensure their control will survive the death of Senator Inouye by coalescing behind their new water-bearer, Colleen Hanabusa.

  3. Guy:

    I, too, am disappointed by Senator Akaka's stance.

  4. Goober:

    He does not listen to his heart
    since his hearing is not so good.

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