Tulsi Gabbard wins high-profile support for bid to replace Sen. Daniel Inouye; Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz selected

Hawaii’s Congresswoman-elect Tulsi Gabbard, who was elected just last month, hasn’t even taken her seat in Congress yet, but she expressed her interest in another seat: that of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye, who served as the state’s senator since 1963. Inouye had said his preferred successor would be Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, but that decision is up to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who might announce his decision as soon as this evening — and Gabbard is not among the finalists.

Gabbard, a combat veteran who was deployed twice to the Middle East with the Army National Guard, earned some high-profile support in her bid from both Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker and actor Kal Penn, both of whom spoke at the Democratic National Convention.

Penn, echoing Vice President Joe Biden in his endorsement of President Obama, even considers Gabbard his “homie who gets it.”

Van Jones and others were also excited at the prospect of a Sen. Gabbard, with the word “young” popping up quite a bit.

Despite the buzz, was Gabbard’s move for the senate seat too soon?

Even with Inouye’s senate seat apparently headed to someone else, Gabbard has established herself as someone to watch in the Democrat party.

Stay tuned.

Update:

Abercrombie has selected his lieutenant governor, Brian Schatz, to assume Sen. Inouye’s seat.

Schatz was elected chairman of the Democratic Party of Hawaii in 2008 and served a spokesman for Barack Obama’s campaign in Hawaii.

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