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Shinseki to Run for Hawaii’s Senate Seat? Apparently Not.


VA Secretary Eric Shinseki might have been an intriguing candidate for Hawaii Democrats, running in what is pretty friendly territory but perhaps facing tough competition in Linda Lingle . . . but apparently there’s not much to the rumor at all:

There’s a report circulating that retired U.S. Army General and current Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki is considering a run for Sen. Daniel Akaka’s soon-to-be vacated Senate seat.

Veterans Today this week reported Shinseki, a native son, “has informed his private staff he plans to resign his post and run for the Senate seat to be vacated by Daniel Akaka, Democrat of Hawaii. Shinseki is considered a ‘shoo in’ with no strong opposition in place.”

Queries to the Department of Veterans Affairs were unanswered.

But a top aide to Sen. Daniel K. Inouye told Civil Beat Tuesday that the report is untrue.

“I was in contact with the Secretary’s personal office and this is completely FALSE,” Peter Boylan, Inouye’s spokesman, wrote in an email.

While it is always possible for a potential candidate to change his mind, it would require Shinseki to take on a crowded Democratic primary and contradict this pretty clear denial. I mean, it’s in ALL CAPS.

Tags: Daniel Akaka , Eric Shinseki , Linda Lingle


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