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U.S. Sen. Hirono announces Hawaii staff

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 02:05 a.m. HST, Mar 30, 2013

U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono has chosen a former aide to late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye to lead her Hawaii staff.

The Democratic senator announced Alan Yamamoto as her state director on Friday.

Yamamoto most recently served as senior legislative assistant for Inouye, who died in December.

Hirono also named 10 additional staff members.

She announced Marvin Buenconsejo as her press secretary and field representative, and Lauren Montez-Hernandez as her military liaison and field representative.

Kehau Yap will serve a dual role as field representative and constituent services manager.

Gerald Ako, Ann Ebesuno, Yuki Lei Sugimura, and Ross Wilson have been named field representatives for neighbor islands.

Additional staff members include Hawaii scheduler Chanel Honda, staff assistant Lauren Ige, and military affairs assistant Walt Kaneakua.

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serious wrote:
WOW!!! I just googled staff salaries. Depending upon seniority, I presume, staff salaries are from $2,000,000 to $4,500,000. That doesn't include paper clips!!!
on March 29,2013 | 11:03AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Do they really need that many people?
on March 29,2013 | 11:22AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Remember, politics is all about spending money. Promises of spending money is what gets people elected then re-elected. Dan Inouye was the poster boy for bringing home the bacon. Very few politicians ever get elected by promising not to spend money. The problem is, that system has caused governments at all levels to overspend and now many governments are going broke.
on March 29,2013 | 11:39AM
allie wrote:
well put. But those days may be over soon. Even Dan admitted his ability to bring home the bacon were largely over as the country was broke and senate reforms were in the work.
on March 29,2013 | 11:56AM
false wrote:
Senate Reforms? Like producing a senate budget 1 out of every four years even when required by law. I wish Hawaii's people woudn't re-elect these democrat miscreants.
on March 29,2013 | 02:30PM
roughrider wrote:
Don't know for certain, but I believe staffers earn between about $30,000 to $120,000 per year -- depending on position (i.e. chief of staff top wage earner).
on March 29,2013 | 09:15PM
serious wrote:
When you compare what Michelle's 26 assistants make--in the neighborhood of $1.5 million, I guess that's not too bad. I mean it's only taxpayer money. And on the Pork that Dan brought home--pork is a bribe to another senator--I'll endorse your bill if you put on an amendment for $$$ XXX dollars for Hawaii.
on March 30,2013 | 08:51AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Hope at least one of them has a good alarm clock to wake Mazie up from time to time. What incredible speed - elected in November, staffed just before April.
on March 29,2013 | 12:07PM
Oahuan wrote:
What a waste of money.
on March 29,2013 | 12:18PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Wow... large staff for a do nothing job. The perks are sweet for congress.
on March 29,2013 | 02:14PM
cojef wrote:
Yes as a taxpayer, you are paying for her staff, democratic or otherwise.
on March 29,2013 | 03:46PM
tiki886 wrote:
Lazy Mazie gets to staff her make believe office with multi-million taxpayer dollars salaries but the people's White House tours are closed???!!!!

D A M N these Demoncrats!!!

on March 29,2013 | 06:44PM
Rickyboy wrote:
Is this all that was accomplished since being elected ?. Anything of substance to show ?.
on March 29,2013 | 06:50PM
Galajr wrote:
Did not know you needed that much people to do absolutely nothing.
on March 29,2013 | 11:41PM
tiki886 wrote:
Hey! They have light bulbs to skrew in.
on March 30,2013 | 05:40AM
toomuchpilikia wrote:
"And that's the way it was"!
on March 30,2013 | 05:42AM
Ronin006 wrote:
She needs to add someone to answer her emails. I sent one to her early in March and received an automatic reply saying it had been received and she would get back to me as soon as possible. Three weeks later, I sent a second email following up on my first email and I received the same auto response. I don’t know if the delay in responding to emails is a staff shortage problem or because she is trying to avoid answering my questions. I suspect the latter.
on March 30,2013 | 08:51AM
UhhDuhh wrote:
Who the heck is Mazie Hirono?
on March 30,2013 | 10:08AM
frontman wrote:
Makes you want to puke.
on March 30,2013 | 10:38AM
omd111 wrote:
What makes you want to puke? The ridiculous staff budget or the photo?
on March 30,2013 | 01:42PM
Sat wrote:
Is that the best that Hirono can do? Not very impressive.
on March 30,2013 | 01:05PM
omd111 wrote:
Mazie can train her staff well of taking money from the taxpayers and doing nothing, since she's been doing it her whole career.
on March 30,2013 | 01:43PM
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