By BJ Reyes
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.
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."