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February 8, 2016

Hawaii: Don Young Backs Mazie Hirono

Members of Congress from Hawaii and Alaska have a history of bipartisan cooperation, and that was on full display today in the Hawaii Senate race.

Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) appeared in a 90-second web ad alongside Rep. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) to endorse her for Hawaii’s open Senate seat. Hirono is facing former Rep. Ed Case in the Aug. 11 Democratic primary, the winner of which will take on former Gov. Linda Lingle (R) in the general election.

Seated next to each other in the ad, the two Members discussed their bipartisan work to save native Hawaiian and native Alaskan education programs that were at risk. Hirono said she had to “battle” her own party leadership to get it done.

The spot is lighthearted, with Young attempting a couple of times to offer his opinion of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) before being stopped by Hirono.

“Here’s what’s important, Hawaii: If you’re looking for a United States Senator who doesn’t just talk about bipartisanship, but actually knows how to work with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done — Mazie Hirono will be that Senator,” Young says in the ad.

The Democratic nominee will be heavily favored to win the seat of retiring Sen. Daniel Akaka (D) in this Democratic-leaning state, especially with President Barack Obama at the top of the ticket in his home state.

Roll Call rates the race as Leans Democratic.


    Is Representative Young’s endorsement good only for his colleague’s bid against ex-colleague Case? If valid for the entire cycle, then he really does believe in bipartisanship, at least when away from the hyperpartisan Mainland, and regarding AK-HI issues, along with the fact that her state has NEVER elected to Congress anyone who has neither a D party or Asian-Pacific ethnic background. As for BHO, though he vacations on “The Islands” during 11 through 03, his legal and principle home is in Illinois, at least for now.

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