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October 24, 2013

Think About It: Schatz First Shots

The shots have started, and by that I mean Brian Schatz, as his campaign has come out with a memo about how strong his early campaign is and how weak is the campaign of his 2014 U.S. Senate seat competitor, Colleen Hanabusa. This type of rhetoric often occurs as things come to a head, which would be next summer, but this early salvo, which appeared in The Hill, a newspaper that circulates on Capital Hill in Washington, D.C., means that this ballgame is under way, and we're still about 10-months away from primary election day here.

According to The Ballot Box, which is The Hill's campaign blog, Schatz's campaign will share its memo with supporters, touting strong support from unions and in fundraising, a move surely aimed to garner further support and to snuff any early inroads Hanabusa has made in this heavy hitter campaign. The Ballot Box says Schatz's memo touts that Schatz's ideology is "more in tune" with primary voters and more liberal than Hanabusa. Schatz also claims to have put together a better organization with more manpower than Hanabusa. Ouch, these are direct barbs coming early in a major race. Can't wait to see how the lesser-known candidates come out positioning themselves for Hanabusa's to-be vacated House seat next year.

Don't think that this memo or its facts will go unchallenged. All this means is that the gloves are off early and we will have a donnybrook in the Democratic Senate primary next August, one that looks to provide us with much information, perhaps some actually vital, over the next 10-months. So while this memo kicks off the political season in Hawaii as it kicks a rival candidate, rest assured there's a lot more to come. Think about it…

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