POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 08, 2012
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has endorsed former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann in the race for Congress, while City Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard picked up the nod from U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich.
"Mufi and I go back many years. I worked with Mufi and Sen. Akaka to help save Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. I worked with Mufi and Sen. Inouye on infrastructure funding and strengthening tourism across the country. We share goals for a better America," Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said Tuesday in a news release issued by the Hannemann campaign.
Hannemann, Gabbard and four others are running in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congres- sional District seat held by Rep. Mazie Hirono, who is running for U.S. Senate.
Gabbard announced this week that she had gained the endorsements of several prominent Democrats, including Ohio's Kucinich, a former presidential candidate, and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York.
"Tulsi believes, like I believe, that it is time to refocus our efforts in Afghanistan, and bring our combat troops home," Gillibrand said in a news release from the Gabbard campaign.