Morning Read: 'Hubris Online'

Barack Obama and Brian Schatz (Photo: NeilAbercrombie.com)

Barack Obama and Brian Schatz. (Photo: NeilAbercrombie.com)

Hawaii’s lieutenant governor, Brian Schatz, will become the state’s senior senator today due to the death of Daniel Inouye and Senator Daniel Akaka’s impending retirement. BuzzFeed compiled a list of six factoids about Hawaii’s senator-designate who, at 40, will be the youngest member of the U.S. Senate for a few days. Additionally, Mr. Schatz speaks “basic Chinese,” founded the “Hawaii Draft Obama” campaign in 2006 and used to operate a web consultancy called “Hubris Online” with his wife, Linda.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed Mr. Schatz despite the late Senator Inouye’s express wishes that Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa be chosen to succeed him. Ms. Hanabusa’s office provided a brief statement from the congresswoman after Mr. Schatz’s selection was announced. “I want to congratulate Brian Schatz on his selection to succeed Senator Daniel K. Inouye in the United States Senate. I also want to thank the Democratic Party’s State Central Committee for their work in assembling the list of nominees, and Governor Abercrombie for selecting quickly from that list,” Ms. Hanabusa said. “Having served as chair of the Hawaii Senate Judiciary Committee when the succession law was passed, I fully respect the process and the governor’s right to appoint a successor. As a member of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation, I will continue to work to serve the people of our state, and support our delegation’s efforts.” Her office also noted “This will be her only statement on the appointment.”

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