Political Radar


May 14th, 2014

Irene Hirano Inouye, backing U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa for U.S. Senate, reached out to Hanabusa supporters Wednesday for donations of $20.14.

Hirano Inouye said in a campaign email: "My late husband Senator Daniel Inouye mentored Colleen because early on he recognized she was a skillful legislator with a passion and commitment to represent Hawaii."

The late senator's widow said Hanabusa "always votes her Hawaii values" -- including voting against Congress' budget deal last year because it increased cuts to Medicare and eliminated Hawaii jobs -- and "knows it takes more than votes and speeches to build a future for Hawaii."

"Dan wasn't a great legislator because he had seniority. He had seniority because he was a great legislator," the email states. "Today, I'm supporting Colleen Hanabusa because she's already proven herself to be a great legislator by staying true to her core values."

Inouye before he died asked Gov. Neil Abercrombie to appoint Hanabusa to serve the remainder of his term in office. Abercrombie instead chose his lieutenant governor, Brian Schatz, for the position, pitting Schatz and Hanabusa against each other in the upcoming primary election.

-Sarah Zoellick

10 Responses to “$20.14”

  1. Johnson:

    She'll get my vote.

  2. kamaaina808:


  3. Ella:


  4. OldPro:

    This Senate race is a fork in the road for Hawaii … a choice between the old guard and new, young leadership. Colleen represents all the old king-makers like Walter Dods; Brian is 20 years and an entire generation younger. It's time to turn the page.

  5. Guy:

    Um, the governor didn't "pit" them against each other by appointing Schatz. Hananbusa did that when she decided to run -- because the U.S. House wasn't good enough for her and she thought she was owed the Senate seat.

  6. Auto de Fe:


  7. itoboy:

    So now Hanabusa is basing her entire campaign on voting with the TeaParty against the budget bill? Yeah, it was a crappy deal but it was the best deal we could get out of the House (and might be responsible for all the R's being primaried by Teaparty challengers) but it prevented $63BILLION in sequester cuts from going into effect that would have devastated our social safety net. Does she even UNDERSTAND the consequences of her vote? Hanabusa's vote is purely political. She knew the continuing budget resolution would pass without her vote so she voted "no" in an effort to attack Brian Schatz as someone who voted for cuts to the VA, but failure to pass that bill would have hurt veterans even more. This is commonly referred to as voting without principle. With Hanabusa 15 points behind in the polls, no $$$ to run ads, and what looks like lackluster grass roots support, expect a negative smear from her campaign characteristic of the machine behind her.

  8. Pay to play is the game:

    Futures in tequila, rum, scotch, whiskey went up 20.14% because everyone heard "Schatz"

  9. Especially Incognito:

    20.14...Raising Cain...

    Young generation is not smart without a smart phone...
    Reminds me of the future in Time Machine..where
    younger generations were like cows....fed to be eaten..
    Didn't know what a book was...

  10. Especially Incognito:

    20.16..adding my two cents...hoping America
    does not go completely RED...if not
    the flag may change....take away a few stripes...

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