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February 7, 2016

Brian Schatz Launches First TV Ad in Hawaii Senate Primary

Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz launched his first TV ad Monday in the state’s highly competitive Democratic primary for Senate.

The ad, running statewide on broadcast and cable stations, features Schatz’s family, including his wife Linda’s parents, and highlights the senator’s efforts on Social Security.

“George and Ping live with us, and Social Security has been there for George ever since his eyes gave out, ending his 30 years running the kitchen at Kwok’s Chop Suey,” Schatz says in the ad. “I’m Senator Brian Schatz, and I approve this message because protecting Social Security is a commitment I keep for my loved ones — and for yours.”

Schatz, who is backed by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, faces Rep. Colleen Hanabusa in the Aug. 9 Democratic primary in the special election. The winner will be the heavy favorite to fill the remaining two years of the late Sen. Daniel K. Inouye’s term.

The race is rated Safe Democratic by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.


  • Big Lee

    Not very good timing on the Schatz campaign’s part to be running an ad aimed at seniors; just last week Hanabusa won a lot of free media pushing back on Schatz ally, and governor and the person who appointed Schatz, over his remarks to the effect that it would be better to have a younger senator to build up seniority.

  • Spartacus76

    So, help me out here… Exactly what can a STATE senator do, to protect social security, a FEDERAL program?

  • Logical Liberal

    Brian Schatz is the United States senator from Hawaii.

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