Colleen Hanabusa: National Dems had “Bum Information” on Hawaii Special

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BY FELICIA SONMEZ FOR THE WASHINGTON POST – Hawaii state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa (D) said ahead of a meeting with national Democrats in Washington this week that she’s willing to bury the hatchet with them — but not before reminding them of their poor judgment in deciding to oppose her in the May 22 special election for Hawaii’s 1st district seat.

Hanabusa said that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s preference for former Rep. Ed Case (D) in the special election was based on “bum information” in an interview with the Fix Monday. “I’m president of the Senate. I’m not a neophyte when it comes to understanding political alignments and misalignments,” she added.


Hanabusa came in second behind Rep. Charles Djou (R) in the three-way special election in May for the seat of former Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D), who resigned to run for governor.

(Case has since announced he will not run for the seat in the fall and is throwing his support behind Hanabusa; Hanabusa, who says she’s talked with Case “at length” and notes that members of Case’s team have joined up with her campaign, called her former rival’s move “a magnanimous gesture.”)