Chad Blair: Brian Schatz, Hawaii's Super Senator?

Joe Rubin Civil Beat

UPDATED Friday, Sept. 27

Brian Schatz reacted quickly to news that a molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor was turning into an environmental disaster.

Just four days after the Sept. 8 spill, Schatz's office revealed that he had already been in contact with NOAA, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers to get briefed on the situation and to ensure that "swift action" was taken.

The very next day, on Sept. 13, Schatz announced that the EPA would be sending two on-scene coordinators to Oahu. Later that same day the senator declared that more federal aid — including money — was on its way.

"Senator Schatz has mobilized the federal response from agencies including NOAA, the EPA, and the United States Coast Guard," trumpeted a press release from his office.

There was more to come: The Coast Guard would send a Pacific Strike Team to assist the state with the spill, said Schatz, who also hosted a constituent call on the federal response and demanded a federal review of the disaster.

The media paid attention. "Schatz" and "molasses" appeared in a flurry of articles, including in The Huffington Post, POLITICO, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, ABC News, Maui Now and many others.

Brian Schatz, Hawaii's Super Senator?

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