Watching from afar

August 13th, 2014
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Hawaii's Democratic U.S. Senate primary between U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has caught the interest of virtually all of the Beltway media, including Politico, The Washington Post and Roll Call, among others.

The race remains un finished with an election scheduled Friday for two precincts unable to vote in last Saturday's primary because of surrounding damage by Tropical Storm Iselle.

Among those keeping tabs from afar via the media and the "coconut wireless," is U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a McKinley High School and University of Hawaii graduate. Duckworth is supporting her U.S. House colleague, Hanabusa.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Duckworth said she was up until 2 a.m. watching the returns on Saturday, and she expects to stay up late again this Friday to see how it all turns out. She added:

"First off, my heart aches for all the people in the Puna area who have suffered so much with the damage.  …

"I’ve been supporting Colleen, she’s been my colleague and I see her on the floor every day and we chat and she’s been really great to listen to because she’s more senior than me on Armed Services Committee, and she’s really been a staunch defender of Hawaii. She and I don’t always agree but we get along and so I’m hoping that Colleen makes it. ...

"And let’s hope that all the folks who suffered the storm damage, in addition to getting to vote, also get the help that they need to rebuild."

 

 

2 Responses to “Watching from afar”

  1. Chicken Grease:

    Watching from afar
    August 13th, 2014
    By BJ Reyes
    In a telephone interview Wednesday, Duckworth said she was up until 2 a.m. watching the returns on Saturday, and she expects to stay up late again this Friday to see how it all turns out. [emphasis mine.]

    Since Duckworth plans to watch returns on this one on, um, Friday, this, above . . . um . . . basically tells us that, um, Duckworth (who IS terrific) doesn't . . . know . . . about, um . . . HanaBuSa's lawsuit . . . 'gainst office of election . . . [a Grease hails waiter, orders another guava juice and is read to order dinner, a decidedly PORTERHOUSE PREPARED MED' RARE.

    [decides to quote a bruddah again:

    Shaun Campbell:
    July 25th, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Here's where Hanabusa voted for Simpson-Bowles plan that would actually have cut back Social Security for our kupuna: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/113-2013/h36

    ]


  2. Hmmm:

    Honestly, who cares what Duckworth thinks. She is completely committed to another state, she's a part of Congress that has about a 0% approval rating and she chose/earned a leadership role based on being a wounded veteran (which I respect immensely) but then was part of the system that watched us turn our backs on the VA and the epidemic of suicides in the military. Instead of shilling for a sour Hanabusa that is really little more than an embedded politico for he super-rich of Koolina, why doesn't she solve some problems for our veterans? I know the republicans have the house but that is why she should be using her background to win over the nation and make them help solve some of these problems.


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