Tammy Duckworth said Wednesday that while she still maintains her ties to Hawaii, the McKinley High School and University of Hawaii-Manoa graduate considers Illinois home.
“I always get tons of support from the islands. This is my second home, and – certainly – the political support has always been there in terms of asking for advice and everything,” said Duckworth, who is in Honolulu for a fundraiser for her congressional campaign in Illinois.
Duckworth, a wounded Iraq War veteran who worked on veterans’ affairs in the Obama administration, described the open U.S. Senate seat in Hawaii as “crucially important” with the political balance of the Senate in doubt next year.
“Hawaii really has an opportunity to play a role on the national stage with the elections here, so definitely I’m keeping my eyes on what’s happening here at home,” she said.
Duckworth’s preference in the Democratic primary between U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono and former congressman Ed Case? Hirono.
“Mazie has been a dear friend and she certainly has been someone that has given me advice over the years, and I certainly respect her work in the House,” she said.