Draft Tammy

March 29th, 2011
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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.

2 Responses to “Draft Tammy”

  1. Lorraine Inouye:

    I do not know Ms. Duckworth personally, however I believe she has not lived in Hawaii long enough to be that perfect candidate. One that’s familiar with the islands demographics and geography is most important in the top seat in Washington.
    Would she know where Halauula or Kurtistown or Kapaa is?

    Tammy and General Shinseki represents the island best in their present position in the Department of Veteran Affairs. As we will miss Senator Akaka who represented us well in the Senate and for years sitting and chairing the committee on Veteran Affairs, both should remain and continue doing their best for Hawaii veterans.


  2. Kolea:

    I doubt Senator Inouye was dropping her name because he belies she is a potential serious candidate. I think he was simply trying to pad the list to avoid the appearance of designating a favorite.

    Hawaii voters would reject any heavy-handed effort to “parachute in” a candidate with so few ties to Hawaii. Shinseki has enough stature to overcome people’s objections. But Duckworth does not.

    From the graphic they use on her site, maybe she is thinking of running for the STATE Senate from Lanikai?

    People promoting Tammy’s name are doing her no favors, imo.


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