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Tulsi Gabbard also applying for Inouye Senate seat

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 03:28 p.m. HST, Dec 24, 2012


U.S. Rep.-elect Tulsi Gabbard says she will apply for the vacancy in the U.S. Senate created by the death last week of  U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye.

The deadline to apply for the vacancy is 5 p.m. today.

Gabbard, who was elected last month to represent Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District, joins a list of about a dozen candidates including U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Inouye’s personal choice to succeed him, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, and former Congressman Ed Case.

Candidates will get a chance to make their pitch to the state party’s central committee at a meeting on Wednesday.

The committee will forward three names to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who will make the appointment.







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Blackie544 wrote:
What is wrong with her?
on December 24,2012 | 02:28PM
ala_akamai wrote:
I think it's admirable she's willing to put herself out there for the position. As a female veteran she brings a lot to the table and she already has a big audience nationally.
on December 24,2012 | 03:02PM
MaWy wrote:
True. There aren't enough women in the Senate and there definitely are not enough veterans. The Senate has a huge say in wars, such as the war in Afghanistan, yet most of the Senators have no real life experience. Tulsi can legislate from firsthand military experience, following in the footsteps of the venerable Inouye.
on December 24,2012 | 03:10PM
Jsato wrote:
As Changalang noted, it'd be a lot safer for the Dem party to vacate CD2 -- Tulsi's district -- than CD1. If Hanabusa is appointed, Djou is almost a shoe-in.
on December 24,2012 | 03:15PM
OB1NONO_ME wrote:
And we in CD2 get Mufi? Thanks but no thanks.
on December 24,2012 | 04:49PM
Yoshi41 wrote:
No way will Mufi win CD2. He's been trounced. I dont think he'll even run due to embarassment. People don't like him, including those in the party who he'd need backing from to win.
on December 24,2012 | 05:55PM
Yoshi41 wrote:
IMHO, Tulsi, Schatz and Hanabusa are the best three. I like Schatz but I think Tulsi runs a better campaign and has more of a chance of keeping the seat in 2014.
on December 24,2012 | 03:47PM
peanutgallery wrote:
Tulsi just asked for Hawaii voters to elect her to perform a certain job, now she wants another.... This fact alone should tell you something about her. Power corrupts absolutely, and Tulsi wants nothing more than to dip her beak.
on December 24,2012 | 04:45PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Hey....Mufi considered that approach a strategy! Quit and run for higher office....a time honored technique of political weasels.
on December 24,2012 | 04:58PM
sccoutt wrote:
Yeah, and look what happened to him. I agree with peanutgallery- she's lacking something by being willing to jump ship this early in the game. I was actually beginning to like her but this has changed my mind.
on December 24,2012 | 06:11PM
JoeKane wrote:
The jobs are very similar. Both jobs are legislation at the federal level. I think she should be considered.
on December 24,2012 | 06:15PM
64hoo wrote:
we don't need women in congress vote them all out.
on December 24,2012 | 06:10PM
bigtaiho wrote:
I second that especially not in the senate.
on December 24,2012 | 07:09PM
islandhula wrote:
There are only 20 women serving in the U.S. Senate and young women are practically unrepresented. At a time when women still face a wage gap of 77 cents to the dollar and too many in Washington continue to attack the right to contraception, Hawai`i can and should send another woman to the Senate!!
on December 24,2012 | 06:54PM
peanutgallery wrote:
She is a rank amateur. Unproven and so, unworthy. She may be a Vet, but it doesn't entitle her to a role in Hawaii's future as a Senator. We already made that mistake once.
on December 24,2012 | 04:43PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Winner, winner, chicken dinner.
on December 24,2012 | 04:53PM
simple wrote:
1. She's young. So she can build seniority, just like Sen. Inouye did to Hawaii's benefit. 2. She's a combat veteran just like Senator Inouye & Sen. Akaka. With both of them gone, we really need another combat veteran to advocate for the continued close relationship between Hawai‘i and our country's armed forces - again for the benefit of Hawaii's economy. 3. She was endorsed by some senators in her run for Congress. So she seems to already have some clout there. Seems all good to me
on December 24,2012 | 03:15PM
Skyler wrote:
Nobody can fill Sen Inouye’s shoes overnight. But in my mind, Tulsi is the one who comes closest to having that unique set of qualities that add up to something special. Tulsi has proved she can gain national attention and stature quickly without having to put in 30 years. And yet, like Sen Inouye, started out young enough so that she will be around for the next 30 years.
on December 24,2012 | 09:47PM
Riverwalk wrote:
She should definitely be considered. Hawaii needs someone with some national clout in Senate.
on December 24,2012 | 03:31PM
JoeKane wrote:
I've been impressed by her.
on December 24,2012 | 06:18PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Hey, you are easily impressed, Joe!
on December 24,2012 | 07:08PM
JoeKane wrote:
The people of Hawaii overwhelmingly elected Tulsi, she has risen to stardom and gained national media attention, she was the youngest woman in the United States to be elected to state legislature. A Company Commander with the Hawaii Army National Guard, and has served on two deployments to the Middle East. And, along with Tammy Duckworth, one of the first female combat veterans in the United States Congress, Hawaii needs someone strong in senate- enough said.
on December 24,2012 | 08:07PM
cocobean wrote:
Tulsi has IITT in spades. She represents the brightest future for Hawaii. Hanabusa? Shatz? Case? Do they have IT? Tulsi does. Being a combat veteran and a polical rising star I say she'll enter the Senate with a lot more respect from the "good old boys" than the other choices. For newbie Senators the hardest thing to earn is respect from your peers. Tulsi with have more respect going in than the others. The "good old boys" know she knows comabat weapon and how to use them. They won't be able to take her lightly.
on December 24,2012 | 09:11PM
nontaister1 wrote:
Greed....
on December 24,2012 | 02:33PM
t_faman wrote:
The pay is the same $174,000.00 a year. Only difference is the term length.
on December 24,2012 | 06:56PM
IAmSane wrote:
The senate is considered more "prestigious." Plus, whoever gets this seat will most likely hold onto it as long as they want.
on December 24,2012 | 08:03PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
This woman's ambition knows no bounds. Just wait till all you folks that voted for her find out she's really a republican pretending to be a democrat, and is just like her extemist anti gay father Mike Gabbard.
on December 24,2012 | 02:34PM
Workingrl wrote:
She's hardly been in her seat and now she wants to move on? She did the same with her legislative seat and then her council seat. Left all of them early.
on December 24,2012 | 02:37PM
simple wrote:
That's not correct. She completed her term at the state legislature but didn't campaign for re-election to that seat as she was deployed to Iraq. Among the front runners for the nomination are Hanabusa & Schatz, both of who will leave their seats before their terms end if they are nominated. The nomination will leave some seat open for sure, unless Abercrombie chooses Case, who has been rejected by the electorate 2 times in a row now. Might as well get somebody who can build seniority, continue bringing federal dollars for the military in Hawaii(I think she might be the first female combat veteran if elected to the senate) & is a relationship builder. Also her district is a safely democratic district unlike Hanabusa's, where Djou might get elected.
on December 24,2012 | 03:35PM
Kuhio_ wrote:
You must work on her PR team. get lost!
on December 24,2012 | 04:32PM
islandhula wrote:
Tulsi would be able to weild power and influence by dint of her unique ability to inspire and provide hope - already proven by her ability to gain the attention of the National Democratic Party, build a grassroots movement, and be heard when she fights for Hawai'i. This is why Tulsi has a "rock star" status both locally, nationally - and Internationally. And I'm not even mentioning her illustrious military record...
on December 24,2012 | 06:51PM
honmani2 wrote:
Uh, she was on the ballot that election. She did not withdraw.
on December 24,2012 | 06:36PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Saywhatyouthink is absolutely right. Tulsi has not served one day in the U.S. House of Representatives and she already wants to vacate that seat in order to be appointed, not elected into the Senate. Also, Tulsi did not complete her Honolulu City Council term and ran for the U.S. House from a "safe" seat because she didn't have to resign from the council to run for the U.S. House. Simple is wrong, she did not complete her term because she abandoned her position by leaving the state on active duty in August 2004 without resigning from the House, and her term ended in early January 2005. She is what personnel professionals call a "job hopper" never staying in one position for very long. You can't trust her to complete what she starts. But she is good at posing for the camera. My kids would call her a "poser."
on December 24,2012 | 04:10PM
Venus1 wrote:
She bears watching...:)
on December 24,2012 | 04:01PM
bleedgreen wrote:
Tulsi would be a good selection.
on December 24,2012 | 02:35PM
Workingrl wrote:
A good selection for what?? What experience does she have in Washington?
on December 24,2012 | 02:37PM
allie wrote:
What experience do any of them have? At least she is honest, smart and good. Why keep recycling the old boys. None of them are worth a dime
on December 24,2012 | 02:46PM
Jsato wrote:
It'd be good to have someone young in the Senate. Inouye started out young.
on December 24,2012 | 03:15PM
bleedgreen wrote:
I was thinking the same .
on December 24,2012 | 03:56PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Sheesh....you guys think the best approach is to put someone in for life? Career politicians are the problem, not the solution. Tulasi has zip, zero, nada, zilch and no experience. Let her sit a House seat for awhile, make some contacts, do some good work, show hr true grit. Then talk about higher office. Nobody hires a senior management position from the mail room. Lunch wagon parking is not exactly US Senatorial material.
on December 24,2012 | 05:01PM
Kawipoo wrote:
She worships cows!
on December 24,2012 | 03:53PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Allie, Coleen has been a licensed attorney for over 30 yrs., a seasoned legislator for over 20 yrs. and in the U.S. House for 2 yrs. Tulsi has never served out her term in any elected office, nver even took office in the U.S. House and already wants to leave. Tulsi took 10 yrs. to, only to get a bachelors degree from a degree mill.
on December 24,2012 | 04:15PM
aomohoa wrote:
She just one a postion becuase she ran against a homeless cigar smoking no body. It wasn't on merit.
on December 24,2012 | 06:47PM
ala_akamai wrote:
I agree with you. Tulsi has the military experience, like Inouye did and the national recognition as well. Plus her seat is safe from being taken over by a Republican.
on December 24,2012 | 02:42PM
OB1NONO_ME wrote:
Since when is her seat safe from Republicans? If that were so, show me how?
on December 24,2012 | 02:52PM
Riverwalk wrote:
It's a solidly Democratic district, whereas Hanabusa's district is likely to split the Democratic vote and end up with Djou.
on December 24,2012 | 03:27PM
OB1NONO_ME wrote:
I'm shocked that none of you know that you do not have to live in the district to run.
on December 24,2012 | 04:16PM
aomohoa wrote:
She seems nice enough but has no experience. Kind of like Obama when he was a junior Senator. Although it turned out pretty good for him:)
on December 24,2012 | 02:52PM
Riverwalk wrote:
Worked out pretty good for everyone else too. :)
on December 24,2012 | 03:28PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Yeah for the low lifes!
on December 24,2012 | 03:52PM
IAmSane wrote:
The 47% amirite?
on December 24,2012 | 04:12PM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Seems like the career opportunists are waiting in the wings.
on December 24,2012 | 02:36PM
pueouhane wrote:
Political suicide, she should go the way of Ed Case. I withdraw my support and vote for this lolo. Maybe it's time to plan her removal next time around.
on December 24,2012 | 02:43PM
allie wrote:
I like Tulsi and fully support her. We need young, bright, smart candidates. Please no more of the old boys network with their petty corruption, greed and incompetence.
on December 24,2012 | 02:45PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Even though Tulsi is a cow worshiper?
on December 24,2012 | 03:52PM
IAmSane wrote:
Don't be a diсk. No, I don't care if she's a Hindu.
on December 24,2012 | 04:14PM
aomohoa wrote:
Now that is stupid prejudice statement and disgusting Kawipoo! Maybe you should change it to Kowpoop!
on December 24,2012 | 06:51PM
OB1NONO_ME wrote:
Talking bubbles again ^
on December 24,2012 | 04:02PM
aomohoa wrote:
Just because she is female and young doesn't mean she should get it. If that was the case you could get the position, which is ridiculous! LOL!
on December 24,2012 | 06:49PM
OB1NONO_ME wrote:
Is she serious? She has yet to represent all of us in her district and she wants to bail? Please, please Gov. Abercrombie - do not choose either Tulsi or Hanabusa - unless you want a mixed delegation. Never again will I vote for Tulsi, unless they're having an issue with lunch wagons in DC. This girl has got "Yes - with reservations done pat.
on December 24,2012 | 02:45PM
locomoko wrote:
Politics aside, she could enter the Senate next week and still be there representing Hawaii in 2060.
on December 24,2012 | 02:52PM
gth wrote:
I agree. Hawaii and the nations needs fresh young ideas and who will still be serving the state of Hawaii 25 years from now.
on December 24,2012 | 03:08PM
aomohoa wrote:
I;m not sure the young people in this country are motivated or have ethics. It is the "me" generation. They want everything now and don't want to earn it!
on December 24,2012 | 06:53PM
Wazdat wrote:
Career Political hacks is NOT what this country or Hawaii needs.
on December 24,2012 | 07:41PM
lokahiblaze wrote:
I don't understand all the negative commentary. We have to select someone to take Sen Inouye's place. Why not someone like Tulsi Gabbard, who, like Inouye, is courageous, a war veteran, and has lots of aloha?
on December 24,2012 | 02:59PM
Changalang wrote:
A special election in CD2 would be a little easier to protect against the sole GOP candidate that will run against a split vote Democratic field in a special election. Tulsi is young, bright, and McCoy powered.
on December 24,2012 | 03:00PM
ala_akamai wrote:
I agree. This is a very important point to consider.
on December 24,2012 | 03:10PM
OB1NONO_ME wrote:
Unless you live in CD2. Most of us who do - did not vote for Tulsi. We voted against Mufi. All you spectulators as well as Tulsi fail to grasp that fact.
on December 24,2012 | 04:19PM
serious wrote:
Heaven help us if a Republican ever got in. We have to keep our D status that got us the worst state to do business, the highest cost of living, and housing costs, worst traffic congestion, look at the UH and our education system, should we discuss roads, sewers, or the beautiful Ali Wai basin???--keep those D's coming.
on December 24,2012 | 03:25PM
livealoha wrote:
Anyone is better than Hanabusa!
on December 24,2012 | 03:01PM
Changalang wrote:
There will be hell to pay if Tulsi goes in over Colleen; civil war in the Hawaii Democratic Party. Just saying. :)
on December 24,2012 | 03:16PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Maybe the democratic party will destroy itself. Bring it on. They are a mess anyway.
on December 24,2012 | 03:51PM
IAmSane wrote:
And what did the Republican Party accomplish? That's right: nothing.
on December 24,2012 | 04:17PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
It would almost be worth it just to see the howls and gnashing of teeth, eh Changalang? Great theater, quality kabuki.
on December 24,2012 | 05:04PM
Changalang wrote:
That's the spirit of manufactured suspense. Look at all the hope being cultivated by the possibilities, against the one solid probability. It would definitely give Mr. White something to spend the next $5 million on. It is safe to say that Colleen will be running against any other Democrat who gets appointed in 2014, and the Machine will have their next reason to rust on. Walking around yesterday getting the sense of what players in the crowd were thinking and even observing prospects trying to hide the truth from their faces was extremely sobering. Emperor Inouye may have passed, but he can be felt everywhere and especially in the pulse of the Hawaii Democratic Party gumbahs. Think about that long lasting impact on the psyches of shot-callers. Dan has achieved life after death, like Governor Burns. This illustrates the strength of Hawaii politics; undying loyalty. Dare I say, Go For Broke ? Stubborn dedication against logical choice. In a sense, plantation politics is stronger than free will. Hawaii No Ka Oi, no matter what. Kind of impressive. Sheer voting numbers mean that they don't have to listen to anybody else, until they die off as well. Young Democrats be patient; until you are yoked by the comfort of precedence, or distracted by the ever increasing burden it will take to afford staying in Hawaii. The luna will take care. No worry. Back to work.
on December 24,2012 | 06:52PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Let us not forget.....the Hanabusa contingent includes First Hawaiian and Hawaiian Electric. And many more. Power, baybee, power. Money talks and the other stuff walks. Still, the gyrations and speculations are fun to watch.
on December 24,2012 | 07:12PM
Changalang wrote:
The X factor is if Colleen wants to come home and trade being the puppet for being the hand, like the other shot callers. If Colleen were made in Charge of the next 21st century monopoly, then she may retire out of politics after one last term in the House and really start making the big bucks. If I were Neal, I would offer her head of the soon to be operating Hawaiian Gaming Commission Trust and corresponding COO of the Hawaii State Bank that Marcus Oshiro envisioned before it got diluted. Imagine a State Bank,instead of having old friends watch collected tax revenues in their private banks for free skim. Imagine the gaming industry infrastructure financed by a State Bank with profit back feeds written into the investment contract?........................ Dan who? Colleen has the resources for local security contractors to insure Made in Hawaii, Stays in Hawaii. Gaming giant lobbyists backing the Gov. would cut a deal just to have a foot wedged in the door. Voila ! Instant local economy. Think big, or go sleep. Life is too short. No pun intended, Gov. Build it and they will come. Build it right, and they won't be able to over stay. ;)
on December 24,2012 | 08:14PM
haleiwacrossfitter wrote:
Hawaii is full of crappy politicians...can't win, no matter who the hell we elect now days. It'a a matter of pick your poison with our Hawaii politicians.....Tulsi is just another brand of poison from a poisonous arrogant family.
on December 24,2012 | 03:15PM
BaySurfer wrote:
The passing of Senator Dan Inouye is a great loss for Hawaii. But the fact remains his seat is open and must be filled. Nobody on the governor's short list even comes close to rivaling Inouye's stature. Looking at the big picture, whoever is selected will literally need years to gain credibility and amass the kind of power that Inouye had. It therefore behooves us to send someone courageous, honest, young, and energetic. Who does that sound like?
on December 24,2012 | 03:16PM
808comp wrote:
She's got guts,thats for sure. What the heck, Hawaii will be at the bottom so why not go for it. Was hoping Gen. Shinseki would put his name in,but guess his not intrested.I only hope that Hirono and whoever will join her, fight like heck to protect the military here in Hawaii.
on December 24,2012 | 03:24PM
entrkn wrote:
Good... Tulsi Gabbard and Brian Schatz, the two people who should be our next Senators are both applying for Senator Inouye's seat... Now maybe old Lazy Mazie can be moved somewhere else and Hawaii will have two great young Senators for the next thirty to fifty years.
on December 24,2012 | 03:35PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Tulsi maybe but not Brian.
on December 24,2012 | 03:48PM
ichiban wrote:
I fully agree.
on December 24,2012 | 05:12PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Another dolt who thinks the best answer is career politicians with lifetime appointments.
on December 24,2012 | 05:04PM
Hawaii_Libertarian wrote:
I wonder if any of the recent candidates who were elected to the House of Representatives last month who are applying to be appointed senator, or the Democrat Party of Hawaii would be willing to fund the cost of the special election to replace them in the house? Probably not, as this is a naked power grab by power thirsty Inouye imitators. The state budget is in poor shape (ask the unions) and all the state needs now is to waste money on another needless special election. If Abercrombie has any integrity at all, he will appoint someone who is not currently an elected Federal representative to the Senate vacancy to avoid the cost of a wasteful, avoidable special election.
on December 24,2012 | 03:44PM
Kawipoo wrote:
These professional politicians need to fill their obligations for what they were originally voted in for. Tulsi hasn't even served in the House yet. She is a typical politician looking for glory and greed.
on December 24,2012 | 03:50PM
Yoshi41 wrote:
We need to be practical. It's better to put in a strong candidate now who can keep the Senate seat and scare off potential Republican contenders rather than put in a weaker candidate who will drain Dem resources in 2014 trying to keep them in--and risk losing the seat to GOP.
on December 24,2012 | 04:00PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Tulsi, No,No,No.
on December 24,2012 | 07:49PM
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on December 24,2012 | 03:50PM
OB1NONO_ME wrote:
A young bull and an old bull were on a hill overlooking a pasture full of heifers in heat. The young bull said to the old bull "let's run down there and mate with a couple of those heifers". The old wise bull said "Why run down there and scare some of the heifers away. Let's just meander down there and have them all at our leisure". Youth is fleeting and inexperienced in the real ways of life. Age and wisdom = cool, calm purposeful direction.
on December 24,2012 | 04:26PM
hawaiikone wrote:
I'd rather have someone that's honest, knows where they stand, and with some experience behind them. Neither fits the "bull".
on December 24,2012 | 06:00PM
Opelu wrote:
She has not proven she can serve the office she was elected to by the voters or navigate and survive DC - This is silly
on December 24,2012 | 04:13PM
Kuhio_ wrote:
I knew it would come to this. She's an opportunist!! Glad she's showing her true colors.
on December 24,2012 | 04:30PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Big time. But you cannot blame her. The history is that Hawaii appoints lifetime politicians so it's now or never. But, good Lord, have we not learned that lifetime appointments are the problem, not the solution? Dear Tulasi has not even one day experience in DC and some of you raving ones want her appointed to the Senate? Oh lord love a duck you are so misguided.
on December 24,2012 | 05:07PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Promoting people who have accomplished nothing from a legislative perspective except changing parking hours for lunch wagons is the very definition of irrational. ooh! She's nice and pretty! Ooh! she served with the Guard. Ooh! she's young - nothing in that list of (cough) accomplishments tells us that she has the wherewithal to be a US senator. Gabbard will get her moment in the sun but for the love of a duck, don't push the neophyte beyond her borders. Her track record is nothing except a bunch of waffling positions on matters of little importance. Let her earn her cred.
on December 24,2012 | 04:57PM
ross13moon wrote:
OK, so we know Dan wanted Hanabusa. Consider that if Governor picks someone OTHER than Hanabusa, he will face all those upset that Dan's last wish was NOT honored when he runs for re-election in 2014...Governor was not been very popular in his first two years
on December 24,2012 | 05:08PM
Changalang wrote:
Also, Colleen will most likely be forced to run against Neil's Senate appointee in 2014; and the Machine will be running against 2014 Neil as well, in Civil War. Feeling the vibe, we all must realize that founding dissident Democrats have not gotten this far by political suicide. Hanabusa's appointment will be the black tightly wrapped seaweed that holds the musubi together, even without an ume inside. Representative Djou may make CD1 exciting again, and Charles was smart enough to keep his powder dry.
on December 24,2012 | 07:04PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Abercrombie's smart move is to support Colleen all the way for the interim position and then mobilize with his favorite for the "real" appointment. Look, if he comes across as rejecting the dying hero's last wish he is dead meat with the Kepani and nobody lasts long without the Kepani vote. But play it right and he could be king maker for the, uh, permanent senatorial appointment which is the true prize. Hanabusa - garans ball barans.
on December 24,2012 | 07:16PM
Changalang wrote:
King move means a ballz out play via an appointment succession chain solidifying the State Leg behind the fifth floor by appointing Schatz, Senate Pres. to LG, and a loyal into S.T. 's slot. The$ buy in from the progressive investors in residence here and controlling all the pieces on the board, recruits half the power players to keep him strong; kind of what happened with Ben in the Mayoral Primary. The real trick is holding the coalition until the day after. The Checkmate move is finding out what would make Colleen happy for life back in Hawaii out of politics, and then deliver, quietly. The question is rally if Neal still has the nads to be a "high T" flame throwing politician. I've seen him bench. He has the T on tap, but needs to ask himself if he wants to reach immortality status in his legacy, or go out with a quiet nap.
on December 24,2012 | 07:54PM
ross13moon wrote:
if collen does not get senatorship, she may very well decide to "take out" Neil for governor...Neil will be vunerableDjou is a two time loser to the Dems, he's becoming the Asian Orson Swindle
on December 24,2012 | 08:47PM
Changalang wrote:
I don't know if the "D" Machine string pullers will let that occur after the Lingle event. They don't want to do that again.
on December 25,2012 | 06:13AM
ichiban wrote:
So The two House of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and C\olleen Hanabuse are vying for Former Sen. D.Inouye's office, among other candidates. Good, let the contest begin. May the best man/woman win.
on December 24,2012 | 05:38PM
64hoo wrote:
tulsi gabbard thats a big mistake don't give her the job you could put a ten year old in inouyes job if you put her in she has no experence at all period.
on December 24,2012 | 06:08PM
bully106 wrote:
the gall of that woman. i'd rather put linda lingle in there and i'm not a republican. tulsi... patience. you're too hungry.
on December 24,2012 | 06:14PM
islandhula wrote:
Our senatorial delegation will be extremely weak seniority-wise for the next 15 plus years! Replacing a great veteran leader (Inouye) with another young, courageous veteran (Tulsi), is a smart move, especially considering that Hawaii has lost not one, but now two great leaders (with Akaka having stepped down earlier this year as well).
on December 24,2012 | 06:40PM
islandhula wrote:
Also, might I just add that Tulsi has just offered her name in the hat... and it was the right thing to do on her end, to offer to serve. What the Democratic party & Governor do is up to them. However, if they consider Tulsi as one of the nominees, it will send a clear message that today’s Democratic Party of Hawaii is the party of the future that appreciates and embraces the vitality, independence, and creativity of Hawai‘i’s new generation... I'm just saying...
on December 24,2012 | 07:02PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I'd like to see mud wrestling with Tulsi, Lingle, Hanabusa and Mufi. Come on, you know that would be entertaining.
on December 24,2012 | 07:17PM
Changalang wrote:
How about Tulsi vs. Octomom? Everyone needs a Plan B.
on December 24,2012 | 07:56PM
bigtaiho wrote:
Thats great. Incompetent Hirono, Hanabusa not any better and now Ms Facebook. Inouye and Akaka did us zero by not grooming a competent leader. Should have been Case but he did not know how the game was played.
on December 24,2012 | 07:07PM
Nalukai wrote:
God, help us Hawaii, how about a little more balanced political scene, look at how screwed up UH is, our public school system, our cost of living, price of renting and buying real estate, etc..etc. All this can be blamed on the monopoly of the democratic machine and dang unions. Plus how much we enjoy getting ripped off by the rail contractors and the democrats who pushed for this nonsense. Just wait 3-4 years from now when rail construction stops traffic on the westside dead in the tracks. C'mon Hawaii it's time to "smart-up".
on December 24,2012 | 07:21PM
Changalang wrote:
In response, the State of Hawaii will start taxing pension income in a subtle attempt not appear to be cannibalizing itself. Got to wait for 100% mail in voting for outcome insurance and a few more connected oldies to kick the bucket, though. LOL.
on December 24,2012 | 07:42PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Lol kick the bucket. u make me laugh. By the way, i was entombed at the bottom of the sea and i just came up for air, which is why u have not seen me for awhile. lol.
on December 24,2012 | 11:49PM
niimi wrote:
Choose Tulsi Gabbard. In 25 years we will have a Senior Senator headed towards to Appropriations Committee. Colleen is too old. We need a young Senator who again can have a 50-year run. Dan had zero legislative experience and he went straight to Congress. 3 years later, in the Senate. At least Gabbard has 4 years in legislative experience, State House, State Senate, City Council. Say she lacks experience, but she has ambition, and ambition can help cream rise to the top.
on December 24,2012 | 07:49PM
paradisetax wrote:
How many people have become poor after securing a political office?
on December 24,2012 | 07:53PM
Iuki wrote:
Oh, please, Tulsi. Come on. Be happy you got elected to Congress, although I know that's only for two years. But, still....
on December 24,2012 | 08:02PM
Dawg wrote:
she is becoming a legend in her own mind. Dangerous!
on December 24,2012 | 09:13PM
starripoff wrote:
At least she is honest, smart and good.

huh??? What planet are you on??? Aside from serving her country which I credit her for, she hasn't done a darn thing. Yup, the darling of the dems...because??? No one should vote for a women JUST BECAUSE SHE'S A WOMEN.

If the ideas are good, if the person can deliver - who cares if the person is male, female, local, haole, or whatever? I'm female but I'm not stupid enough to vote for someone because they are my gender or my race or graduated from my school. What happened to BEING QUALIFIED? Hawaii needs a major wake-up but don't panic, it won't be anytime soon. Hawaii is on snooze..........
on December 24,2012 | 09:15PM
Skyler wrote:
I voted for Tulsi for Congress, but think she could do more for Hawaii in Senate. She's a servant of the people and will always serve wherever she is. Plus we've never had a female war veteran in the Senate, this will help give her stature to advocate not just for veterans benefits, but for ending the war, which she promised to work for.
on December 24,2012 | 09:37PM
Anonymous wrote:
We should be thinking of what is best for our State. And since the last time I checked the military still has a major impact on our economy, it only makes sense to appoint someone who can advocate for Hawaii in that regard.
on December 24,2012 | 09:48PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
A one man selection committee. Man, that is power. I wonder if Neil is able to veto the selections of the committee and recommend one himself, maybe himself, lol ?
on December 24,2012 | 11:46PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
As a corollary comment, I wonder what would have happened if Lingle was still Governor. Could the approvers (whoever they are, and more than likely Democrats) veto Lingle's choice, if LIngle selected a Republican ? Lucky we live Hawaii. omg, just have a Special Election, no matter the cost, so that this appointment does not seem like an "insider transaction".
on December 24,2012 | 11:54PM
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