Sen. Colleen Hanabusa And Asian American Democrats Vs. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Friday, April 09, 2010

Honestly - I can't say I know much more than what I read in this article - but yeah - I'd be kind a pissed too.

Viewing Case as the stronger candidate, the DCCC is reportedly quietly siding with former Rep. Ed Case over state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa in a nonpartisan election that also features a strong Republican candidate. But Hanabusa is also the more liberal politician, and the race is drawing comparisons from some on the left to the upstate New York congressional election that divided the Republican Party last year, and the issue of race adds another explosive element to the mix. Case, whose wife is Asian-American, has always been popular among Asian-American constituents, but the increasingly organized national Asian-American political class has long felt slighted by Democrats.

“We believe [Hanabusa] is an outstanding candidate who has already broken racial barriers, just like President Obama, by becoming the first Asian Pacific American female to ever preside over a legislative body in the United States. Sen. Hanabusa has consistently upheld Democratic ideals which are in line with Hawaii values. Hawaii voters value candidates like Hanabusa who keep their local roots strong, their ear to the concerns of Hawaii voters and their campaigns homegrown. They do not appreciate interference from Washington D.C. AAA-Fund has chapters, board members and supporters from across the country, including in Hawaii," said Dutta. "Asian Pacific American votes cannot be taken for granted, and the DCCC's actions risk alienating this critical bloc of voters and donors."

Another prominent Asian-American operative said Asian-American Democrats see the move as "beyond an affront" and that there's an effort to organize a boycott of the DCCC by Asian-American donors.
Remember: Being in love with an Asian American isn't quite the same thing as actually being Asian American.

And Because You Wanted To Know More

Wiki Love:

Colleen Hanabusa (born May 4, 1951) is a Democratic member of the Hawaii Senate, representing the 21st District since 1998. She served as the Senate Majority Leader, before being elected the first woman President of the Senate in 2007 – making her the first Asian American woman to preside over a state legislative chamber in the United States.

Colleen Hanabusa
21st Senatorial District
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 409
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-586-7793; Fax 808-586-7797