Colleen Hanabusa is campaigning for the Democratic nomination for a United States House of Representatives seat, representing Hawaii. She is currently a member of the Hawaii Senate, representing the 21st District since 1999 and serving as the President of the Senate since 2003.
Hanabusa is currently supported by EMILY's List.
Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
2012 ARA convention
The Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans’s (HARA’s) 4th Biennial Convention was held in Honolulu January 2012, with about seventy delegates and guests attending. Three members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation addressed the convention--U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka (D), whom HARA presented with their Shining Light Award for his 35 years of distinguished service in Congress; Rep. Mazie Hirono (D); and Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D). Conference attendees also heard from Richard Fiesta, Director of the national Alliance’s Department of Government and Political Affairs, and several other well-received speakers. The delegates elected Justin Wong as the new HARA President. The new Vice President is Elmer Yuen; Jackie Foil was reelected Secretary; and Phyllis Hiramatsu was reelected Treasurer.
Asian American Action Fund
Council for a Livable World
The Council for a Livable World, founded in 1962 by long-time socialist activist and alleged Soviet agent, Leo Szilard, is a non-profit advocacy organization that seeks to "reduce the danger of nuclear weapons and increase national security", primarily through supporting progressive, congressional candidates who support their policies. The Council supported Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) in her 2010 Congressional election campaign.
2012 CLW House victories
2012 Council for a Livable World House Victories were;
Ron Barber (D-AZ), Ami Bera (D-CA), Tim Bishop (D-NY) Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Lois Capps (D-CA), Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), John Garamendi (D-CA), Joe Garcia (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Denny Heck (D-WA), Steven Horsford (D-NV), Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), Dave Loebsack (D-IA), Patrick Murphy (D-FL), Rick Nolan (D-MN), Raul Ruiz (D-CA), Brad Schneider(D-IL), Carol Shea-Porter(D–NH), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Mark Takano(D-CA) and John Tierney(D-MA)..
The Council wrote of Hanabusa;
- In May 2010, a special election was held for Hawai‘i’s 1st Congressional District to fill the vacancy left by Congressman Neil Abercrombie who stepped down to run for governor. While the district is heavily Democratic, the two Democratic candidates, Colleen Hanabusa and Ed Case, split the vote, which allowed Republican Charles Djou to win the seat with a plurality of 39% of the vote. Democrats united around Hanabusa for the November election, when, running with an endorsement from Council for a Livable World’s PeacePAC, she decisively defeated Djou. Now, Djou is challenging Hanabusa once again.
- The contrast between Djou and Hanabusa on national security issues is stark. During Djou’s short time in office he voted for funding the Joint Strike Fighter and against bringing U.S. troops home from Afghanistan. Pointing to the large military presence in Hawai’i, Djou is committed to robust military spending.
- Hanabusa’s views on the military are more nuanced, and have been refined through her service on the House Armed Services Committee. She welcomes the Obama administration’s effort to turn away from the failed policies of George W. Bush:
- “As we reevaluate our new military strategy following the death of Osama bin Laden, it is critical that we bring home our men and women in uniform safely as we withdraw from Afghanistan and Iraq. We must preserve a ready and vigilant force at home and abroad, but we cannot continue to risk American lives.”
- Hanabusa recognizes that with its extensive deployment around the world the military is increasingly becoming the face of America abroad, and the risks inherent in this:
- “I contend that the military has assumed a role in world politics that goes well beyond the defensive. Our armed forces are no longer just the military of the most powerful nation in the world; they’re also our ambassadors to the world and the individuals responsible for embodying and conveying American beliefs, values and strategies. When we deploy our troops to Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, we are sending armed representatives of our nation to interact with cultures and communities that know very little about the United States.”
- Hanabusa is a supporter of President Obama’s vision of a world free of nuclear weapons. She supports ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, removing nuclear weapons from “hair trigger alert,” and the goal of cleaning out or locking down loose nuclear materials that terrorists could use to make a nuclear weapon. She is opposed to building a new generation of nuclear weapons or placing weapons in space.
- Hanabusa defeated Djou once before and this is a liberal district, but Republicans would like to make an example of defeating a Democrat in President Obama’s home district. They will spend freely to defeat Hanabusa, and she needs your support.
- Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus website, accessed May 1, 2013
- ARA Hawaii Alliance for Retired Americans Holds its Convention
- ARA endorsements 2012
- http://www.aaa-fund.com/candidates/Asian American Action Fund]
- American Action Fund
- CLW website. Meet the Candidates, accessed Dec. 31, 2010
- Meet the Candidates, accessed April 10, 2013
- CLW Hanabusa bio, accessed July 10, 2013