HONOLULU (AP) — Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa (ha-nah-BOO'-sah) says she's qualified to fill the Senate seat of the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (ih-NOH'-way). The 61-year old Hanabusa says she could "hit the ground running" and capably serve Hawaii.
Inouye endorsed Hanabusa to be his successor in a letter to Gov. Neil Abercrombie before he died last week.
Inouye died Dec. 17 from respiratory complications at the age of 88.
It'll be up to Abercrombie to appoint Inouye's successor. His spokeswoman has declined to say how much weight Abercrombie might give to Inouye's request in making his decision.
Hawaii Democrats plan to meet Wednesday to come up with a list of three candidates to send Abercrombie. It's possible the new senator could be appointed and sworn in as early as this week. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has asked the governor to act swiftly as the Senate prepares to make "pivotal decisions" before the end of the year.
APPHOTO RPBB101: U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, speaks with a reporter on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, in Honolulu. Hanabusa is among the Democrats seeking to succeed the late U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, in the U.S. Senate. Inouye died Dec. 17. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer) (24 Dec 2012)
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