By Derrick DePledge
Retired Army Lt. General Karl Eikenberry, President Barack Obama's former ambassador to Afghanistan, has endorsed U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Democratic primary for Senate.
Hanabusa is up against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz.
I have maintained close contact with Congresswoman Hanabusa and firmly believe she would make a brilliant senator for the State of Hawaii. She is considered one of the bright stars in the House Armed Services Committee with tremendous knowledge of the appropriations process and complete command of our nation’s strategic pivot to Asia. She thinks strategically and is always working to move the United States and Hawaii to positions of future advantage.
And Congresswoman Hanabusa remains inspirational. Last September, I asked her to meet with a group of thirteen Stanford undergraduates who were in Washington, DC attending a two-week study program. Every one of the students later said that their session with the Congresswoman was the highlight of a very busy stay in our nation’s capital. When I asked them why this was so, their answers included: “Sincere” “Committed” “Concerned” “Honest” “Smart” “Likes representing her people” and “Communicates well”
I could not say it any better. The United States and people of Hawaii will be well served when Colleen Hanabusa joins the ranks of the United States Senate.