Inouye's Office: Shinseki Not Running For Akaka's Hawaii Senate Seat

There's a report circulating that retired U.S. Army General and current Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki is considering a run for Sen. Daniel Akaka's soon-to-be vacated Senate seat.

Veterans Today this week reported Shinseki, a native son, "has informed his private staff he plans to resign his post and run for the Senate seat to be vacated by Daniel Akaka, Democrat of Hawaii. Shinseki is considered a 'shoo in' with no strong opposition in place."

Queries to the Department of Veterans Affairs were unanswered.

But a top aide to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye told Civil Beat Tuesday that the report is untrue.

"I was in contact with the Secretary’s personal office and this is completely FALSE," Peter Boylan, Inouye's spokesman, wrote in an email.

The debatable description of Shinseki as a "shoo in" aside, the article goes on to describe the head of VA in a rather unflattering light.

Inouye named a number of contenders for the Senate seat before Akaka announced he wouldn't run again. Among them was Tammy Duckworth, who works for Shinseki as assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs.

Hat-tip to Joan Conrow from bringing the Veterans Today report to our attention.

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