It might be a hard sell given that unions like the Hawaii Government Employees Union will likely use its resources to push their members to support Sen. Brian Schatz. But in response to the HGEA’s endorsement of Schatz today, Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, who is running for Schatz’s seat, appealed on the rank and file to back her anyway.
She said in a statement: “The HGEA’s decision to endorse my opponent does not change my commitment to supporting Hawaii’s working families. I have a long, proven record of standing for and with organized labor and serving as a strong, committed advocate on their behalf. I am confident that the union’s rank and file — the working men and women at the core of our community — recognize and appreciate the efforts I have made, and will continue to make in the future.”
— Kery Murakami