Sometimes opposites do attract. Democrat Mazie Hirono in Hawaii, who is running for the Senate seat that longtime Democratic Senator Daniel Akaka, Native Hawaiian, is vacating in January has been endorsed by Alaska Republican Congressman Don Young.
Young even filmed a 90-second TV campaign ad with Hirono. “Here’s what’s important, Hawaii: If you’re looking for a United States Senator who doesn’t just talk about ‘bipartisanship’ but actually knows how to work with both Republicans and Democrats to get things done, Mazie Hirono will be that senator,” Young says in the ad.
In a press release, the Hirono campaign touted the joint efforts between Hirono and Young on Native education programs and their plans to assist farmers in their respective states. Young is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs. Hirono is the U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district.
Although Hawaii is traditionally a Democratic-leaning state, there is a strong Republican candidate running against Hirono for the Senate seat: former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle. Lingle’s presence gives Republicans their ultimate best shot at overtaking the seat this fall, making Young’s decision to endorse Hirono all the more unusual, Yahoo News reports.