U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye and U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka spoke at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., on Thursday night for U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono’s campaign in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate.
Inouye and Akaka have not formally made endorsements in the primary between Hirono and former congressman Ed Case, but their presence at the fundraiser is telling.
The fundraiser at The Monocle was billed as a labor event with the AFL-CIO and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Randy Perreira, the executive director of the Hawaii Government Employees Association and the president of the Hawaii State AFL-CIO, hosted the event and also spoke to the audience.
Inouye’s appearance at the Hirono fundraiser follows his flattering comments about the congresswoman on Maui last month. The state’s top Democrat, asked by the Maui News about the Democrats in the Senate race, said:
I’ve had a good working relationship with Mazie Hirono. In all the years she served the state of Hawaii, I’ve had a good working relationship (with her). We get along, and so it would please me if we could continue that relationship