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Hanabusa to challenge Schatz for Inouye Senate seat

By Derrick DePledge

LAST UPDATED: 08:23 p.m. HST, Apr 22, 2013

U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa has decided to challenge U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz in the Democratic primary next year, according to a source close to her campaign.

Hanabusa was the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye’s choice as his replacement, and the senator had urged Gov. Neil Abercrombie to select her just before he died at 88 in December. Abercrombie instead chose Schatz, his lieutenant governor.

Hanabusa had been considering primary challenges to either Schatz or Abercrombie. A source close to her campaign said Monday that Hanabusa had decided on a Senate campaign and was informing close allies.

A primary between Schatz, 40, and Hanabusa, 61, would evoke generational as well as political fault lines within the Democratic Party. Schatz, a progressive, has the potential to build seniority in the Senate over a generation. Hanabusa, a more traditional liberal, will contend that her experience prepares her to have an immediate impact.

The campaign will also have the spectre of Inouye, who was the state’s most powerful politician and commanded the loyalty of scores of influential Democrats.

The election next year is for the remaining two years of Inouye’s six-year term, which expires in 2016.

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ISCREAM wrote:
Great...Loser vs Loser!
on April 22,2013 | 06:24PM
sccoutt wrote:
Hilarious...you are right! I am no fan of Hanabusa, but I will be voting for her over Schatz.
on April 22,2013 | 06:40PM
1local wrote:
time to return Hanabusa to living on the beach with her constiuents
on April 22,2013 | 07:09PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
let the three ring circus begin. senate, house, and whomever run to fill the house.
on April 22,2013 | 07:14PM
ISCREAM wrote:
Watch ... Stanley Chang for Hanabusa's seat... dumb and dumber!!!!
on April 22,2013 | 07:39PM
TheKagawas wrote:
This is a special election... She doesn't have to give up her house seat to run against Schatz. So her name will be on the ballot twice (not confusing)!
on April 22,2013 | 09:40PM
ISCREAM wrote:
There have already been more terror attacks against the US during Obama's reign that during the entire eight years of GWB.
on April 22,2013 | 10:12PM
cartwright wrote:
Now Ed Case should make a stand as a moderate Republican opponent and Hawaii would have a choice.
on April 22,2013 | 07:56PM
Skyler wrote:
Uh, not Case.... please.
on April 22,2013 | 09:55PM
false wrote:
Throw in Mufi, Djou, Kiaaina, and the rest. I'll vote for Rod Tam.
on April 22,2013 | 09:57PM
2_centz wrote:
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on April 22,2013 | 10:37PM
Skyler wrote:
Ah yes, Ms. 'Not a Chance' Lingle. Why the h not?
on April 23,2013 | 12:02AM
Skyler wrote:
My head hurts.... noooooo!
on April 23,2013 | 12:01AM
Maili2 wrote:
Haven't seen much from Schatz to make me want to vote for him, at least Colleen has experience.
on April 23,2013 | 09:13AM
Allenk wrote:
What's the difference?
on April 22,2013 | 07:08PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
let the circus begin.
on April 22,2013 | 07:12PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Those "losers" can beat ANY Hawai'i Repub.
on April 22,2013 | 07:26PM
ISCREAM wrote:
That is true in the Socialist Republic of Hawaii...
on April 22,2013 | 07:41PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Same excuse by LOSERS.
on April 22,2013 | 08:26PM
ISCREAM wrote:
So Hana...what exactly have you brought to Hawaii besides taxes, taxes and more taxes. I am willing to bet that our economy will implode under the weight of Democratic spending during the next two years. We are already seeing this happen in California.
on April 22,2013 | 10:05PM
ISCREAM wrote:
From Politico ( a liberal pub)..."President Barack Obama rarely misses a chance to call on upper-income Americans to pay more taxes. But his annual budget is doing more to target middle-class taxpayers than any of his previous proposals, calling for caps on deductions, changes in the way some tax benefits are calculated and a big hike in cigarette taxes — all proposals that would make middle-class Americans pay more. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/04/obama-budget-middle-class-facing-tax-hikes-90469.html#ixzz2RGwR6Yrt
on April 22,2013 | 10:14PM
allie wrote:
She loves the power and was going nowhere in the House of Reps.
on April 22,2013 | 06:26PM
yrusodz wrote:
going nowhere? Sort of like you allie? Only her nowhere is so much better than yours!!! Yikes!!!
on April 23,2013 | 03:22AM
onlyaloha wrote:
Musical chairs will begin. Who will the unions back?
on April 22,2013 | 06:27PM
Bothrops wrote:
The new Hawaii versus the old Hawaii. This will be interesting.
on April 22,2013 | 06:35PM
Anonymous wrote:
New Hawaii, but actually an ages old fight between Haoles and Japanese. :)
on April 22,2013 | 06:55PM
copperwire9 wrote:
That's incorrect.
on April 22,2013 | 08:47PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Not really. This is more of Obama's choice against the old guard.
on April 22,2013 | 08:49PM
ISCREAM wrote:
The Democratic Party shows its true colors....in brown and white.
on April 22,2013 | 10:06PM
bobbob wrote:
well, you know what they say about a woman scorned..
on April 22,2013 | 09:19PM
kolekole wrote:
Power greedy. If she runs, does she have to give up her Rep. seat win or lose? There's no end to her power quest.
on April 22,2013 | 06:37PM
TheKagawas wrote:
If she wins shell give up the house seat if she is reflected to the house (a certainty). If she loses to Schatz then she can return to her house seat.
on April 22,2013 | 09:46PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I've been a wee bit uh, critical, of Ms. Flower Bunch in the past. I admit it. I have said the occasional snark. But you know what? I am so unimpressed with young Schatzie and his National Parks agenda that I actually would support Colleen in her quest. Am I thrilled by this choice - lord no but Brian is just unacceptable.
on April 22,2013 | 06:46PM
gth wrote:
She already lost...
on April 22,2013 | 06:47PM
Changalang wrote:
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on April 22,2013 | 06:49PM
Allenk wrote:
Fighting for the good of themselves....too bad for us.
on April 22,2013 | 07:10PM
Changalang wrote:
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on April 22,2013 | 07:40PM
OldDiver wrote:
I like Colleen. She stands with the middle class. My gut tells me this will be her last election after she loses to Schatz.
on April 22,2013 | 08:40PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Not really. Good candidate but uncontrollable ambition.
on April 22,2013 | 08:51PM
kawikakoike96819 wrote:
Changalang- I totally agree with your thinking. She is just to old & will be retiring soon. Then its back to square one again. VANITY
on April 22,2013 | 11:36PM
808comp wrote:
Bad move by Hanabusa !
on April 22,2013 | 06:55PM
Allenk wrote:
Everyone seems to forget her rant about Japanese being characterized as industrious via Bill O'Reilly. Combative all the way.
on April 22,2013 | 08:06PM
OldDiver wrote:
Very bad move.
on April 22,2013 | 08:37PM
nonpolitic wrote:
I applaud Ms. Hanabusa for having the courage to give up a seat that would, for all intents and purposes, probably would have been hers for as she cared to have it. Good luck to you. I look forward to a spirited U.S. Senate election.
on April 22,2013 | 06:56PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Does she have to give up her seat?
on April 22,2013 | 08:52PM
TheKagawas wrote:
on April 22,2013 | 09:47PM
kapoleitalkstory wrote:
Now let us see who will run for the OPEN Congressional seat...
on April 22,2013 | 06:56PM
nonpolitic wrote:
Based on past actions and political posturing, I would wager a hefty sum that Charles Djou and Donna Kim would throw their hats into the ring.
on April 22,2013 | 07:06PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
i would wager a heftier sum that a whole bunch of unexpected candidates would run.
on April 22,2013 | 07:23PM
ISCREAM wrote:
You haven't been watching...Stanley Chang will run.
on April 22,2013 | 07:43PM
mcc wrote:
Bye Shatz.
on April 22,2013 | 07:12PM
scoobydoo wrote:
same people ,nothing ever done. Only work for their pensions
on April 22,2013 | 07:18PM
oahuresident wrote:
Hanabusa vs Schatz. If that is the best Hawaii can come up with for the Senate race, it shows how low this state has fallen.
on April 22,2013 | 07:25PM
localguy wrote:
Colleen, Colleen, Colleen, sorry, you are not qualified for this position. Sad to say you know you can't meet the standards, what were you thinking. You should seriously consider retiring while you are ahead. We need fresh new blood in this position, not a recycled bureaucrat. Sorry, just go away.
on April 22,2013 | 07:27PM
AmbienDaze wrote:
yep, same advise as for comedians: close while the audience is still laughing.
on April 22,2013 | 07:38PM
Hanalei13 wrote:
Yet a guy who was appointed and has next to no experience doing anything is qualified?
on April 22,2013 | 08:27PM
Bdpapa wrote:
He had Obama in his corner.
on April 22,2013 | 08:53PM
Changalang wrote:
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on April 22,2013 | 09:01PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
The fact that he hasn't done anything.
on April 22,2013 | 09:12PM
Changalang wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on April 22,2013 | 09:32PM
Skyler wrote:
What has he done, really - 'universal backing' aside?
on April 22,2013 | 10:01PM
bumba wrote:
on April 22,2013 | 07:59PM
hikine wrote:
Just because Inouye recommended Hanabusa doesn't mean the people will go for her. Being of Japanese descent doesn't entitle her to being a Senator besides she's too quite in Washington, haven't heard from her since she was elected. Schatz would be more feasible because he's younger and not tainted by the political wheel unlike the puppet Hanabusa.
on April 22,2013 | 08:05PM
Kahu Matu wrote:
NONE OF THE ABOVE! Please.....
on April 22,2013 | 08:06PM
mrluke wrote:
OMG! A choice between Dumb and Dumber!
on April 22,2013 | 08:07PM
blackmurano wrote:
I will never vote for a Democrat - they are all Liberals anyway. I'll vote anyone, but a Democrat.
on April 22,2013 | 08:14PM
Bdpapa wrote:
I'm moving in that direction also.
on April 22,2013 | 08:53PM
copperwire9 wrote:
Good for Colleen!
on April 22,2013 | 08:46PM
environmental_lady wrote:
Schatz is younger and will accrue more seniority. Also, he has a good environmental voting record. So far he has voted the right way in all the gun control bills. I'm not implying that Colleen Hanabusa would have voted any differently and I understand that she is piqued that Abercrombie didn't select her for senator and fulfill Inouye's will. This may cost her seat in Congress and I sure wouldn't want to see a Republican take her place. I agree, bad move.
on April 22,2013 | 08:59PM
Mana07 wrote:
Lib v. Lib
on April 22,2013 | 09:07PM
ISCREAM wrote:
on April 22,2013 | 10:10PM
omd111 wrote:
Man vs. Man race!
on April 22,2013 | 09:08PM
Mana07 wrote:
Anything Obama Wants v. Anything Obama Wants
on April 22,2013 | 09:09PM
b00gedy wrote:
Shame on you Colleen
on April 22,2013 | 09:53PM
Recce wrote:
You can bet your bottom dollar that Mufi is already salivating.
on April 22,2013 | 09:58PM
9ronboz wrote:
A lib -vs- a progressive. What a choice
on April 22,2013 | 10:00PM
false wrote:
One and out Schatz. Face it. The older generation always decides. The young ones won't take the time or be interested in voting.
on April 22,2013 | 10:07PM
Anonymous wrote:
She does not deserve the chance to run for the Senate seat, it sets a bad precedent for democrats in the islands, all who think they can jump ship when ever they feel like it, instead of serving their constituents the full term! Sorry Col, but you gotta earn your stripes just like the rest of em, and so far you have done nothing to impress anyone!
on April 22,2013 | 11:02PM
KapRes wrote:
At least she was elected to her seat. How do figure Schatz earned an appointment??? He got lucky and if people think he is the righ person, he will be elected like everyone else who EARNED their seat.
on April 22,2013 | 11:20PM
Skyler wrote:
True statement.
on April 23,2013 | 12:07AM
Skyler wrote:
The precedent was set long time ago by Mufi & Case.
on April 23,2013 | 12:07AM
KapRes wrote:
Schatz is clearly out of touch with Hawaii. More national parks and climate change????? Come on. We need to focus on jobs and the economy which is what Congresswoman Hanabusa has been doing. This election is not about what Senator Inouye wanted, but what is best for Hawaii. Colleen is the only one that can lead the delegation on the righ track.
on April 22,2013 | 11:18PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
They'll need a third stooge. Does anyone have Rod Tam's number?
on April 23,2013 | 12:26AM
agumakiki wrote:
Where's Ed, Linda or Mufi????
on April 23,2013 | 01:23AM
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