By Derrick DePledge
Sally Watanabe, a longtime secretary to the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, is supporting U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary for Senate.
Inouye had preferred that U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa succeed him.
From Watanabe, in an email from the Schatz campaign to supporters on Thursday:
I met Senator Schatz at various public events. However, after meeting personally with him a few times, I was impressed with his knowledge of, and commitment to the many issues facing Hawai‘i’s citizens.
Senator Schatz’s concern for our children, youth, middle and older generations is genuine. Raising two young children and having his parents-in-law live together with him and Linda make him truly understand the issues facing us, now and in the future. In advocating universal pre-K for our keiki, affordable college for our high school graduates and protecting and expanding Medicare and Social Security for our retirees, Senator Schatz will help ensure that Hawai‘i is a viable option for all ages.
My choice for United States Senator is Brian Schatz. He has the integrity, sincerity, and ability to continue Hawai‘i’s legacy of having strong and caring leaders. As our present Senator, he has already been delivering for our State, and as his seniority increases, more can be done to move forward to benefit not only Hawai‘i, but also our nation.