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  •  Honestly (10+ / 0-)

    Schatz does impress me.  It's no secret from my posts that I prefer him to either of his potential primary challengers.  You may view him as being relatively anonymous/backbenchery, but I have actually been a fan of his for years now, and expected great things of him.  Seven years ago on dailykos, I followed and diaried the election for HI-02, left open by Ed Case's ill-advised attempt at Sen. Akaka.  I wrote three diaries that year summarizing the race, of which then-state Rep. Schatz was one of the candidates.

    HI-02: Free For All

    HI-02: News and numbers

    HI-02: Updates and thoughts

    Hirono of course ended up winning, narrowly outpacing Colleen Hanabusa (Hawaii politics really are so insular), but I endorsed Brian Schatz for his strong progressive stances (in a time when Bush-years mentality made a lot of Democrats meek and bipartisan-y), and for the courage he showed in giving up his state House seat for this campaign (every state senator running was on their off-year and didn't have to do the same).  Schatz was young, unabashedly liberal, and a strong voice on the environment.  The others seemed like standard career politicians at the time, and I would have been proud to vote for Schatz, except that I was living in HI-01 at the time.

    It's funny reading my old comments.  I had hoped at the time that Brian Schatz would win and eventually become Senator, though I was content with Hirono's eventual victory.  In the third diary I wrote that although Schatz was going to lose, I hoped to see more of him in the future.

    And indeed we have.  The visibility he gained from that run got him the job of director of Obama's campaign in Hawaii, then the chairmanship of the Hawaii Democratic Party, and finally Lieutenant Governor.  When he was appointed Senator, many non-Hawaii residents were surprised...who was this guy?

    I was not.  He had been working a long time for this, and I think in the coming years he will indeed become a powerful Senator as Daniel Inouye was.

    •  Very good post on Schatz (2+ / 0-)
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      Skaje, JBraden

      He really seems like a decent guy and the most capable of the potential (if you count his appointment to the Senate making him "potential") Senators in Hawaii.

      Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

      by Gygaxian on Mon Apr 22, 2013 at 07:49:27 PM PDT

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