Will Championing The Environment Win Brian Schatz A U.S. Senate Seat?

Joe Rubin Civil Beat

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the scheme of things, a bill proposing to direct a study of creating more national parks in Hawaii, may not seem like the most monumental of issues.

But in addition to it being an “exciting moment” for Hawaii’s economy and environment, as Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz described the measure on Tuesday, it was the latest sign that Schatz, a mere year and a half from a special election to keep his seat, is placing an emphasis on environmental issues.

And for a freshman senator, who according to a recent poll suffers the problem of many voters not knowing who he is, it was an opportunity for press coverage. To top it off, several Hawaii environmental leaders were on the line to give him cred during a conference call with local and national reporters.

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