Political Radar


July 11th, 2014

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.

6 Responses to “Sally”

  1. Chicken Grease:

    Now this is a bombshell of the highest order. If we are objective in contemplating this endorsement, we have to admit:

    • that as an actual member of Mr. Inouye's staff, Ms. Watanabe almost certainly had to have spent more time with him, professionally. In short, she knew and knows the senator more than Hanabusa could ever -- I'd like to see Colleen counter that.

    • Knowing full well the late Senator's request for Hanabusa to take this one of two Hawaii senate seats, admittedly, when the inevitable time came . . . this most trusted, long serving member of his staff outright, now, disagrees with him, indeed, for an apparent greater good.

    How eloquent this part, from Ms. Watanabe:

    Senator Schatz will help ensure that Hawai‘i is a viable option for all ages.

    Indeed. You have the feeling that this is just the beginning of valuable endorsements for Schatz.

    "For all ages." That's just SO brilliant to say in an election year. Perhaps Ms. Watanabe should run for an office herself.

    Watanabe looks like the bellwether for leading against Hanabusa's attitude in this past week's debate. One that can only carry on to -- what we can only hope won't be -- her own go at as a senator. An attitude, at that debate, that ended up being translated into self-panegyricism.

    I this Ms. Watanabe sees Schatz as close to Inouye in the latter's own prime and zone.

    This seems to be just the beginning . . . A Grease is glad he has supported a Schatz for a while.

    This is how you play to win.

  2. ohiaforest3400:

    Brevity is the soul of wit. Lack thereof is . . . . not.

  3. innocent observer:

    big shibai - pre-school - big shibai - children's brain not fully developed at ages 3-4. why waste time and money when they will not fully learn and forget what they might have learned. Also, what might be taught at pre-K will likely be taught again at kindergarten, wasteful. how is schatz going to get college tuition down? he claimed he signed a bill to keep student loan interests low, but again a shibai, student loan rates are going up. Expand or increase pell grants, who is going to pay for them - tax increase to working people. expand medicare and SS benefits? how is he going to pay for the increased benefits? the only way is to increase the medicare and SS taxes that all working and middle class families pay as many of the SS and medicare funds are nearly broke.
    shatz is master of deception, he will talk about the "good" side but fails to tell the whole truth - ignores the bad side - tax increases on middle class workers.

  4. Manoa_Fisherman:

    Schatz must be getting really desperate to go as far as getting retired secretaries to endorse him. If Schatz's nanny sends an email blast endorsing Hanabusa, we should be impressed? Really, folks this is a serious campaign and serious issues should be discussed and I don't see Schatz raising the political discourse with this "endorsement".

    Why doesn't Schatz explain his position in 2005 supporting the dental licensing loophole he supported (SB 538) which allowed both Lilly Geyer and John Stover to get licensed in Hawaii? After all, Schatz was quoted by the PBN, "It's unconscionable to not allow a local kid who has finished dental school to take a test and practice in Hawaii," said Rep. Brian Schatz, D-Makiki-Tantalus. "The bottom line is that it's a free market and this is not like accountancy or law where it would differ from state to state. Teeth are teeth and if somebody passed the board in New England or Florida, I'm prepared to assume they're a qualified dentist." (State Loosens Dentist Licensing, PBN May 22, 2005)

    I am sure the families and friends of the patients injured and who died under the care of Geyer and Stover would want to hear from Schatz why he supported giving these two dentists their license to practice in Hawaii.

  5. Not a Schatz fan:

    At what part of Ms Watanabe's endorsement does it mention, "long-time" secretary?

    Anyone who dares to vote for Schatz better be ready to bite your lip for voting him in, he's not going to bring any bacon home for us, he won't care to introduce native Hawaiian legislation, and more so he won't read any of the bills that come before him to be voted on.

    Brian's brother, you're in the DOE teach your brother how to read a bill before we end up naming Damien Memorial High school after Neil Bumbercrombie!

  6. Chicken Grease:

    Not a Schatz fan:
    July 12th, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    At what part of Ms Watanabe's endorsement does it mention, "long-time" secretary?

    Says it right here (I mean, a Grease trusts the Star-Advertiser):

    July 11th, 2014
    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 [emphasis added]

    Look. When it comes to Democrats you're going to WANT to stack Washington with Obama Democrats for the years to come. Read Klein's Blood Feud carefully.

    Look, part II: Hillary will never be U.S. president anytime soon. He cannot be seen as "First Husband" (especially not after the Lewinsky matter).

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