The late Senator from Hawaii, Dan Inouye, wanted Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa to succeed him, but Governor Abercrombie has appointed Brian Schatz. I am very relieved. I wouldn't have minded Hanabusa, but she is not the committed progressive that Schatz is. Tulsi Gabbard scared me, because there were some pretty slick people behind her who were grooming her and pushing her forward. I felt sorry for her, actually. Better that she should remain in the House of Representatives, not exactly a tough gig, and learn her trade. When I saw her on Chris Hayes's program she gave me the impression of being coached and too careful. Schatz, whom I have seen and spoken to, is a very natural, hard working, committed public servant.
I see from my Twitter feed that some people are misinterpreting this as just the same old deal of letting white men run everything. Not true, in this case. I'm really thrilled and thankful that Abercrombie did the right thing.