Can Inouye's Ghost Take Down Sen. Brian Schatz?

Civil Beat/Brian Tseng


One of Hawaii’s most powerful operatives is throwing her considerable political heft behind U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa’s bid for a slot in the Senate.

Jennifer Sabas, the longtime chief of staff for the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, told Civil Beat she will work for the campaign in Hanabusa’s race against U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz. Given Sabas' profile, she is almost certain to play an influential role.

Inouye’s former deputy chief of staff and spokesman, Peter Boylan, has also signed on with the Hanabusa campaign.

Together Sabas and Boylan, who are working on the campaign pro bono, are hoping to bring the dying wish of their former boss to fruition.

Should Hanabusa defeat Schatz, she will owe her ascension largely to lingering affection for Inouye, the most powerful figure in the modern history. It would suggest that the late senator is so influential that he can win victories from beyond the grave.

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