By B.J. Reyes
When asked on PBS’ Insights program last month on who he thought would make a good successor to U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka upon his retirement, U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye rattled off familiar names U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz, U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.
Pressed further, he also mentioned former Congressman Ed Case and then threw out the name of Tammy Duckworth, the McKinley High School graduate and Iraq war veteran who is Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Duckworth does not live in Hawaii, but apparently enjoys a following, as evidenced by an Internet campaign trying to get her into the race: http://drafttammy.com.
The site points out that it is not affiliated or paid for by Duckworth, it is simply to express support for her potential candidacy. No word on who started the site.
To date, Duckworth has not indicated any desire to seek the Senate seat from Hawaii. She previously ran for a U.S. House seat in Illinois in 2006 and lost.