PCCC announced their endorsement of Sen. Brian Schatz (D) over Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-01) in the Democratic primary, calling the race “hugely strategic for national progressives.” PCCC characterizes the primary as pitting “the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party against the corporate wing.”
“More: Brian Schatz was one of the first senators to endorse expanding Social Security benefits. His primary opponent refuses to rule out cuts.” (release)
AGE-OLD ISSUE. Hanabusa “says the way her competitor’s allies have made age an issue” in the race “is insulting to voters.” When Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) appointed Schatz, he “said that Schatz, 41, would have the chance to build seniority over decades in the U.S. Senate. He has said Hanabusa, 62, wouldn’t because she’s too old.” Hanabusa, in an interview: “What you’re saying is, their vote doesn’t matter. … It’s almost like saying that somebody would be anointed for 40 years.” More Hanabusa: “I don’t know of any elected official who can guarantee that they’ll be in office for 40 years, which is, I think, the number that Abercrombie has used in the process.”
“The age comments are especially insulting toward women, Hanabusa said, because women often make choices to delay portions of their careers as they balance other demands in life.” Hanabusa: “Imagine if you had children, on top of everything else, and you’re trying to establish a profession, plus do well in politics and so forth. … Something gives, you know? I’d love to think that I’m a super human being, but I’m not. We make choices, and those are the choices that we make.” (AP)
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