By Derrick DePledge
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth will send out a fundraising appeal on Thursday for U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, describing the Hawaii Democrat as committed to issues such as equal pay for women, a federal minimum wage increase, and maternity leave for women in the military.
Duckworth, a McKinley High School and University of Hawaii graduate badly wounded in the Iraq War, has influence in Asian-American political circles nationally and is a popular draw in the islands.
Hanabusa is facing U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the primary.
Colleen Hanabusa and I have a lot in common.
We're both proud graduates of the University of Hawaii. We both serve on the House Armed Services Committee, where we work to do the best that we can for our men and women in uniform.
We've cosponsored bills that would legislate paycheck fairness for women, raise the minimum wage to $10.10, and extend maternity leave for women serving in the military. We're both committed to growing the economy and keeping our promises to our Veterans and seniors.
I know that when Colleen is in the Senate, I'll be able to partner with her to work on these priorities across chambers.