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  •  HI-Sen: Hanabusa recieved some major (4+ / 0-)
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    endorsements at her first major public event.

    In attendance at the Atherton Halau were political heavyweights like Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Big Isle Mayor Billy Kenoi, former Sen. Daniel Akaka, former Govs. George Ariyoshi and Ben Cayetano, retired Hawaii Chief Justice Ron Moon and retired banker Walter Dods.

    OK, more shameless name-dropping: state Sens. Will Espero — said to be gearing up for a run for the seat Hanabusa is vacating — Michelle Kidani, Donovan Dela Cruz and Jill Tokuda; state Reps. Marcus Oshiro, Ryan Yamane, Jo Jordan, Sharon Har and Scott Nishimoto; former legislators Bob Nakata, Sam Aiona and Annelle Amaral; party photographer extraordinaire George Waialeale, Inouye's longtime chief of staff Jennifer Sabas and Inouye's widow, Irene Hirano Inouye and son Ken Inouye.

    The parade of luminaries was intentional: to show that Hanabusa attracts a powerful following, and to persuade others to join the team.

    "She has made a great impression in the Congress of the United States," Akaka told the crowd. "I have many friends on the House side, and I talk with them on how our folks are doing, and they tell me Colleen is doing a great job for Hawaii and expresses herself so well. ... She is very what we call 'Hawaiian-style.'"

    Ariyoshi, who rarely takes sides in primaries, decided the 2014 Senate race was one of those times. He dismissed arguments that one or two years in the Senate amounts to real seniority.

    "It does not mean anything," he said, clearly taking a swipe at Schatz.

    "It's not about seniority, it's about leadership," said Cayetano, who observed that he earned a grudging respect of Hanabusa even though she sometimes worked against his agenda. "Compare the records. There really is no comparison."

    Hanabusa also has the communications assistance of Elisa Yadao, who helped Akaka hold off Ed Case in 2006 and helped Hirono hold Case off again in 2012. Not to overstate it, but it's obvious that a lot of female Democrats like having women represent Hawaii in D.C.

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