Skip to comments.Hawaii Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz Picked to Replace Late Sen. Daniel Inouye
Posted on 12/26/2012 4:56:50 PM PST by hole_n_one
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced tonight Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz will replace the late Sen. Daniel Inouye as the U.S. senator from Hawaii -- not Sen. Inouye's first choice.
On the day he died, the late senator wrote a letter to Abercrombie asking that he pick Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, to replace him.
Hanabusa made it to the final round of consideration, but she did not win the nomination.
"The charge of the central committee was to take all points of view into account, from Sen. Inouye and from the rank and file -- the Democratic grass roots," Abercrombie said during a news conference on Wednesday evening. "No one and nothing was preordained."
Schatz served in the Hawaii House of Representatives from 1998 to 2006. In 2006, he launched an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. Congress.
Schatz served as chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii from 2008 to 2010. He was sworn in as lieutenant governor in December 2010.
Schatz named two priorities for his new appointment that rarely see action on the Senate floor: native Hawaiian recognition and climate change.
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Democrats why not a woman and or a minority?
I am sure they picked the one who was most communist.
Oh Boy. Hawaii’s delegation to WA now totally SUX! A bunch of boot camps...
Oh Right, she was already elected in November. Cannot send another woman / minority from Hawaii. Schatz does not look like a real Hawaiian. /s
Oh, he is Jewish. And 40 years old.
Maybe Lingle will try again?
I don’t think this pick is going to sit well with Inouye’s many supporters (he controlled a large part of Hawaii’s Democrat party machine). There may be a primary challenge, or even a possible opening for a Republican challenger in 2014.
Schatz went to Punahou School too. A Choomer, perhaps?
Is it worth investigating if Abercrombie might need to share a cell with Blagojevich? How much did the bidding go up to?
On the day he died, the late senator wrote a letter to Abercrombie asking that he pick Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, to replace him... "The charge of the central committee was to take all points of view into account, from Sen. Inouye and from the rank and file -- the Democratic grass roots," Abercrombie said during a news conference on Wednesday evening.Central Committee = Politburo.
That would have meant that Hanabusa would have preceded incoming Sen. Mazie Hirono.
Hirono wanted to be the first Asian-woman-buddhist appointed to the Senate; Hanabusa would have stolen her fire.
Yes, we were about to have 2 Asian-Woman-Buddhist senators from HI.
Hirono considers herself a non-practicing Buddhist.
Eligibility Brian Schatz ping...
“Schatz (the current Lt. Governor) graduated from Punahou High School, Obama’s alma-mater, in 1990. Ironically, he also spent time in Kenya in 1992, the same year Obama first traveled there, as a part of the School of International Training, a cross-cultural, world-wide education outreach program supported predominantly by liberal-based and foreign scholarship funding sources, where he was educated in civil service, before graduating from Pomona College in 1994.”
Poor Hawaii, you could have been so great. Pity.
Does the appoined Schatz get senority over the elected Hirono? Could be awkward.
Probably a sissy, they rank even above women and minorities.
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