Rep.-elect Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii will apply for the vacancy created due to the passing of Sen. Daniel Inouye, she announced Monday.
"In the military, I learned that 'leadership' means raising your hand and volunteering for the tough, important assignments," the 31-year-old Democrat said in a statement. "Senator Inouye did that as a young man, and he inspired a generation of young soldiers like me. Now it is our responsibility to step up, for the good of Hawai`i. In that spirit, I place my name into consideration for the seat he filled so ably."
Gabbard joins a list of hopefuls including Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, former Rep. Ed Case and Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz.
The Hawaii Democratic Party’s State Central Committee will meet Wednesday to create a list of three candidates for Gov. Neil Abercrombie to choose from. Hanabusa is considered the favorite due to Inouye telling the governor in a letter that his last wish was for her to succeed him in the Senate.
Meanwhile, Honolulu Civil Beat Monday took a look at the politics around the letter Inouye sent to Abercrombie, and why Hanabusa may not be a shoo-in:
Stay tuned -- we could find out Abercrombie's decision as soon as tomorrow.