Political Radar

`Fighting for what's right'

May 29th, 2014

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has become a leading voice for progressives nationally, sent out a fundraising appeal on Thursday for U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.

From the Massachusetts senator:

Brian holds the same commitment as I do to make sure college is a path to opportunity, not a road to crushing debt. He knows that student loans are stopping more and more young people from moving out of their parents' homes, starting small businesses, or making purchases that grow our economy.

Together, Brian and I just introduced the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act to let people refinance existing student loans to today’s lower interest rates. It’s just one way that we can put real money back into young people’s pockets and give them a little bit of relief.

And Brian Schatz is fighting for what’s right in so many other ways too. On Social Security, equal pay, clean energy, and so many other issues, Brian is leading the charge to put working families above special interests.

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa is challenging Schatz in the Democratic primary.

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which has endorsed Schatz, was an early booster for Warren, who defeated U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., in 2012.

The Hanabusa campaign noted that Warren has previously called for the election of more women to the U.S. Senate.

"I'll tell you one thing that is really important to me and that is whatever job I make it to, is to look back and say where's the next women who's ready to move up the ladder and let's bring her up," Warren said in April.

"I'll tell you, we're not resting until we get to at least 50 seats in the United States Senate."

16 Responses to “`Fighting for what's right'”

  1. Kolea:

    There is a rumor that Emily's List had promised Hanabusa they could deliver to her an endorsement from Elizabeth Warren, possibly the most popular Democratic senator among the party's base.

    So even though Warren is committed to increasing the number of women in the US Senate, she likes Schatz so much more than Hanabusa that, in this case, she is endorsing the man!

    Oh, snap!

  2. innocent observer:

    warren speaks with forked tongue. believe schatz had begged for her endorsement, she did not do it unilaterally. schatz has been doing this kind or campaigning "begging for help" as he clearly knows that standing on his own record will not support him, hanabusa in this area has got him beaten by miles and miles..

  3. TKeiko:

    What this shows is that Warren is not committed to increasing the number of women in the senate. She's committed to collecting favors. Like Schatz, she's a freshman and needs allies, and her promises about helping women just pander to her base. Clearly, she is willing to trade principle for power.

  4. Guy:

    These comments are something else. Voting for a man or a woman solely because he or she is a man or a woman is shallow.

  5. Tyrion Lannister:

    Seems to me making a statement about your principles and then selling our for personal political gain is "shallow."

  6. itoboy:

    TKeiko and innocent observer: I disagree with your specious interpretations, even having voted for Hanabusa against Case and Djou in the 2010 special, and against Djou in the 2010 and 2012 generals. You are making your Hanabusa look desperate by grasping at straws. As the most popular U.S. Senator among the party's progressive base, Sen. Warren does not need any favors. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's resounding support of Schatz indicates she, as the party's progressive champion, does NOT support Hanabusa regardless of gender.

  7. Especially Incognito:

    Seems this is again about Race.
    hanabusa is Japanese and Schatz is a Caucasian.
    Notice there is "asian" in Caucasian.

    Web definitions
    Caucas or Kavkasos was the purported ancestor of Caucasians. His story is narrated in the compilation of the medieval Georgian chronicles, Kartlis Cxovreba, taken down from oral tradition by Leonti Mroveli in the 11th century. .."

    Must be a combination of Caucas and Asian.

  8. Kolea:

    'Tis a classic tale!

    From Aesop's Fables as told by Gaius Julius Phaedrus, (c. 15 BC – c. 50 AD), translated from the Latin:

    "Driven by hunger, a fox tried to reach some grapes hanging high on the vine but was unable to, although he leaped with all his strength. As he went away, the fox remarked 'Oh, you aren't even ripe yet! I don't need any sour grapes.' People who speak disparagingly of things that they cannot attain would do well to apply this story to themselves."

    Perhaps the antiquity of the insight can be further driven home by someone posting original Greek?

    Nothing new under the sun.

    Sour grapes, indeed.

  9. Karen Chun:

    On a serious note. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee which is dedicated to getting the corporations out of our government backed Elizabeth Warren and is backing Sen. Brian Schatz.

    It is much more likely that Elizabeth Warren recognized a devoted corporatist minion in Colleen Hanabusa and also that Sen. Schatz has courageously stood his ground against corporate interests. So she endorsed the candidate who held similar positions to hers - Brian Schatz. The simple explanation seems to be to be the true one.

    Speaking as a lifelong woman's rights advocate (and a woman myself!) I was really angry with Emily's List when they endorsed a weak-on-womens-issues woman over a man (Sen. Schatz) who has been absolutely 100% on women's issues his whole career.

    BTW, don't believe the Emily's List figures on their membership. Ever since their endorsement I've been sending back their membership renewals telling them to take me off their list. After doing this many times for many months, they just sent me a....membership card!

    I sent it back but how much do you bet that they're listing me as a member?

  10. Especially Incognito:

    Must not be burning cane today.
    Seems there is air to Raise Cain.

  11. Especially Incognito:

    Little did the fox realize that "sour grapes"
    can turn into fine wine with time.
    Wine needs air as well and not from
    one without or knowing that grapes if unpicked
    and sun dried turn to raisins. Old prunes are just
    those plum tired but keep on blowing.

  12. Marco:

    Warren is only talking about progressive women climbing the ladder, others need not apply, they are unworthy. So her goal of 50 progressive women is rediculous rhetoric. But there will be more Repub women in the Senate this fall as the Repubs take the majority away from the clueless Dems. Then Hawaii's Dem voters will wish they elected Hanabusa, who would have been able to work more with Repubs to bring some bacon back home. Über Progressives Schatz and Hirono will be rightfully banished to obscure offices and subcommittees and Hawaii will be across the Pacific without a paddle.

  13. Chicken Grease:

    "W" is pronounced "double u," but, where are the "u"s in "W"? No where to be found. There are, in fact, two "v"s.


  14. Goober:


  15. Chicken Grease:

    Yes. "W" is not pronounced "double-v."

    # # #

  16. Goober:

    Hawai'i is pronounced Huh-VIE-ee.

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