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Tiger army

November 19th, 2013

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth will appear at an event for state Rep. K. Mark Takai's Democratic primary campaign for Congress on Monday at McKinley High School.

Duckworth, a McKinley and University of Hawaii graduate badly wounded in the Iraq War, was elected to Congress last year to represent a district northwest of Chicago.

Takai serves as a lieutenant colonel in the Hawaii Army National Guard.

Takai is running in the primary for urban Honolulu's 1st Congressional District against state Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, state Sen. Will Espero, Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson, Honolulu City Councilman Stanley Chang, and activist Kathryn Xian.

*Update: Duckworth will endorse Takai at an event Monday morning at Keehi Lagoon Memorial Park.

5 Responses to “Tiger army”

  1. Kolea:

    If I had to predict, I would guess this race is shaping up to a battle between Donna Kim and Mark Takai, with possibly a portion of liberal support settling upon Kathryn Xian, unwilling to support Takai as the alternative to Kim. In the Second CD battle last time, Tulsi emerged as the "anti-Mufi" and was able to trounce him. But Takai lacks the "fresh-face" innocence of Tulsi. And Donna Kim, while not well-liked, does not arouse the gut-level hostility which Mufi was able to generate, especially as the guy who tried to ram through the Train system.

    But neither Kim nor Takai will appeal to the liberal/progressive/environmental voters. Is Xian capable of being seen as "credible" enough to rally their votes? Neither Ikaika nor Espero can do so. And Chang's biggest "accomplishment" so far has been his determination to criminalize the homeless, seeking to get them arrested for sleeping on the sidewalks. Not a good CV for a Democratic Congressional candidate.

    A field like this may still attract additional candidates who see an opportunity. How's about a female, AJA, Filipino or Hawaiian legislator, with credibility with environmentalists and liberals? There's a job opening!

  2. sato:

    I would not count out Ikaika..he raised the most money last quarter and his support showed he can compete with the big boys. Espero is out I agree. Xian is too activitist to represent most rational people. Ikaika is also pro same-sex marriage but we can probably count on him to be more than a 1 issue candidtate - which is what we need.. a fresh face who can appeal to a broad number of people.

  3. Especially Incognito:


    Seems that it wants to run for office.
    Fat chance.

  4. Kolea:


    You may be right that it is premature to write off Ikaika. I am aware he can raise money.and that is an important factor. But I see no way for him to break out of the pack, to stand out in a way that rallies voters to his side.

    Donna Kim hopes she can combine the Filipino base, social conservatives and the business community to support her. Mark hopes he can get the AJAs, plus the veteran votes and switched his position on marriage equality to appease the liberal voters. But his is pretty centrist in his views overall.

    That doesn't leave much room for Ikaika, another centrist who belatedly decided to support marriage equality. But not to the point of bothering to testify in favor, which would have demonstrated some courage. So what distinguishes him?

    Xian may be "too activist" to rally the liberal/environmental voters, except her fellow activists. But there is no one else in the race to attract the support of those voters. Leaving a big puka waiting to be filled. Neither Ikaika nor Mark can reinvent themselves enough to rally that support.

  5. Especially Incognito:

    Not all Filipinos in Hawaii are American citizens
    and should not vote. Sponsored.

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