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Senator Brian Schatz (D. HI) is about to get a big bump in fundraising:

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will head to Hawaii once his term is up -- to speak at a Jan. 2 fundraiser for Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), according to Honolulu Civil Beat.

Schatz was appointed in 2012, following the passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye, and is up for re-election in 2014. He is running against Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), favored by Inouye, in the primary. - TPM, 12/4/13
A ticket for the event, to be held at the Kahala home of developer Duncan MacNaughton, is $1,000.

A Schatz campaign spokesman confirmed the Bloomberg appearance Tuesday but would not comment further.

The reception for Schatz is being presented by "The MacNaughton Family" and "The Kobayashi Family."

Committee members for the event include developer Stanford Carr, construction firm executive Bill Wilson, Kaneohe Ranch executive Mitch D'Olier, lobbyist John Radcliffe, Hawaii Medical Assurance Association executive John Henry Felix, real estate attorney Bernie Bays, Keith Amemiya of Island Holdings, developer Christine Camp, and Richard and Elizabeth Grossman (the former a well-known plastic surgeon, the latter a retired Wall Street investor now active in the Honolulu community).

Space is limited at the event. - Honolulu Civil Beat, 12/3/13

Bloomberg's entrance into the race could also shine some national attention on this primary race:

Schatz currently has a huge fundraising lead over U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is challenging Schatz in the 2014 Democratic primary.

While Hanabusa is a local favorite -- Senator Daniel Inouye's dying wish was that she succeed him in the Senate -- Schatz has garnered considerable national attention and support. This past summer, Al Gore endorsed Sen. Schatz, citing the merits of his environmental record.

The 2014 Hawaii Democratic Senate Primary was already primed to be a dramatic political battle, but the introduction of Mayor Bloomberg to the mix all but guarantees national intrigue. - Huffington Post, 12/3/13

Now I know some of you may be confused and even unhappy about Bloomberg's support for Schatz.  That's understandable.  Bloomberg has often been deemed the "Mayor for the 1%" whereas Schatz is a proud progressive who supports organized labor and expanding Social Security.  But remember, Bloomberg's endorsed candidate that the Daily Kos community had fully supported.  Bloomberg threw his support behind Joe Sestak (D. PA) in the 2010 U.S. Senate race despite having opposing views on Wall Street regulations.  But Schatz and Bloomberg see eye to on environmental issues and whether you hate Bloomberg or love him, he deserves credit for helping New York City become greener.  Now the only question remains is if Bloomberg will help or hurt Schatz.  Bloomberg's had some successes like helping Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D. IL) defeat an NRA backed candidate in her primary.  However, Bloomberg's money didn't help the two Democratic state senators fight off the recall efforts from the NRA.  And of course Bloomberg is planning to spend big to defeat Senator Mark Pryor (D. AR) for voting against background checks (which I think is a bad idea and might backfire on Bloomberg).  By the way, gun control is an issue Schatz and Bloomberg see eye to eye on as well.  So though I personally don't like Bloomberg I am at least happy he's backing the right Democrat in this race.  What's ironic is a political figure I'm not crazy about is backing my preferred candidate while an organization who's work I admire is backing the wrong candidate.  Check out Laurence Lewis' diary on EMILY's List's endorsement of Hanabusa:

Until Bloomberg arrives next month, I say we help Schatz keep his campaign well fueled so he can go on to win his primary and continue his hard work in the Senate.  You can click here to do so:

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 03:00 PM PST.

Also republished by Pushing back at the Grand Bargain, Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA), Shut Down the NRA, In Support of Labor and Unions, Milk Men And Women, Climate Hawks, Social Security Defenders, and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 03:00:16 PM PST

  •  Velly interesting. Thanks. (2+ / 0-)
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    poopdogcomedy, Mostel26

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    by divineorder on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 03:12:57 PM PST

  •  any time i see bloomberg (3+ / 0-)
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    poopdogcomedy, dufffbeer, Mostel26

    publicly taking a stand on anything, i assume it's all about bloomberg promoting bloomberg. i hope the voters don't mind his helping schatz- they do agree on many enviro issues, but bloomberg is still bloomberg.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 03:45:49 PM PST

  •  Leaving aside all your mainland considerations (0+ / 0-)

    This is really funny.  Schatz is demonstrating his ruling elite cred for the price of a Hawaii vacation for Bloomberg (Hey, this is Hawaii and we can get a package deal in-house).  Hanabusa is trying to play that 'I'm the Connected Establishment' card and Brian is upping her with Bloomberg.

    "It's too LATE to stop now!" - John Lee Hooker

    by Rolfyboy6 on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 06:07:16 PM PST

  •  I think Bloomberg (0+ / 0-)

    will hurt Schatz. His lead over Hanabusa is based on his progressive credentials and Bloomberg is likely to dismay Hawaiian progressives.  I think Bloomberg should stay in NYC.

    "I was not born for myself alone, but for my neighbor as well as myself."--Richard Overton, leader of the Levellers, a17th C. movement for democracy and equality during the English Civil War. for healthcare coverage in Kentucky

    by SouthernLeveller on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 06:25:06 PM PST

    •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

      Whatever people's views on Bloomberg are, I think it's clear that it doesn't look good when the 10th richest man in the country comes to rural states and starts dictating to them what they can and can't do. He reinforces every stereotype of "elitist liberals" and I believe he is overall harmful to progressive movements.

      Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

      by MrAnon on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 07:13:16 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Has Bloomberg ever successfully helped a Democrat (1+ / 0-)
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    win an election?
    I'm thinking of Christine Quinn and the 2 Colorado state senators who got recalled.  He doesn't have a good track record.

  •  I'm surprised he is not flying out there now. (0+ / 0-)

    He literally does not care at all about his job or this city anymore since the election.  I can only guess that he feels sad and bitter and for the time being, irrelevant; and he hates feeling that way.

    He was nowhere to be found after the recent train derailment.  If this was mid-term, he would've been all over it.  His only response, when reporters found him on vacation (I was outside of the city, for sure). "What could I have done. I'm not an emergency worker or a doctor."  It was obviously condescending.

    I was just remarking how he is totally MIA, and the sack of money shows up to light the tree last night.  Wow, I guess he still is the mayor.  What an asshole.

    Please know I am not rude. I cannot rec anything from this browser. When I rec or post diaries I am a guest at some exotic locale's computer. Ayn is the bane!

    by Floyd Blue on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 06:12:32 AM PST

  •  A group dedicated to eliminating a Right in the (0+ / 0-)

    Bill of Rights aligning itself with Bloomberg (again).

    How could that not win hearts, minds & elections?

    Those who would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.

    by FrankRose on Thu Dec 05, 2013 at 06:23:47 PM PST

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